New Delhi: With the general elections in India slated to take place in 2014, a survey by India Today magazine says the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is ahead of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress.
It also finds Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who recently got a thumping majority to rule the state again, as a more popular choice as the Prime Minister of India when pitted against Rahul Gandhi of Congress.
According to the survey by India Today-Nielsen published on Saturday, NDA gets 203 seats out of 543 as against its 2009 Lok Sabha tally of 159. The UPA, the survey finds, comes down from the present 259 to 157 during the same period. Other parties also gained at the cost of UPA as their tally in the poll is 183 from the actual 125 now.
Vote percentage-wise the survey says NDA gets only 1.6 per cent to be garnering 27 per cent share of votes. UPA on the other hand can get 28 per cent votes, which is a decline of 7.7 per cent from 2009.
In the million dollar question of Modi versus Rahul, the survey says 57 per cent people want Modi, while 41 per cent root for Rahul Gandhi, who has just been made the Congress vice-president and is expected to play a bigger and more pro active role in politics.