22 September, 2020

'We Are Way Ahead Of Gujarat On All Indices'

The Maharashtra CM says opinion polls often underestimate the Congress

Amit Haralkar
'We Are Way Ahead Of Gujarat On All Indices'

Narendra Modi has not uttered a word on his stand on Ram mandir, Article 370, the Hindutva agenda or, for that matter, on the Land Acquisition Act, the Right to Information Act and on labour laws, points out Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in a candid interview with Prachi Pinglay-Plumber. Opinion polls, he says, often underestimate the Congress, while AAP for him is ‘NOTA with a face’. Excerpts from the interview: 

What do you think of the opinion polls on the general election?

These polls are not predicting a landslide. Polls are merely giving BJP higher number of seats than the Congress, not a clear majority. If you look back at 2004 and 2009 predictions, polls had then predicted fewer seats for Congress than we what actually got. Congress is often underestimated, the depth of congress leadership, presence in every village, its long history—they are not quite apparent, that's why people underestimate the Congress. Even polls don't capture it.




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