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Nandyal bypoll survey: Ambiguity continues with various reports

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 25, 2017, 8:25 am IST
Updated Aug 25, 2017, 8:25 am IST
CM in deep discussion with his ministers, officials.
Voters stand in queue to cast their vote at a polling booth in Nandyal on Wednesday. (Photo: DC)
 Voters stand in queue to cast their vote at a polling booth in Nandyal on Wednesday. (Photo: DC)

Vijayawada: A day after the elections, the Nandyal bypoll fever still continues unabated in the state. Even as results are awaited, various survey reports are being rampantly circulated, like the Lagadapati Rajagopal’s survey, the Prashant Kishor survey, the state intelligence survey and a few others. YSRC strategist Pras-hant Kishor has been predicting a YSRC win by a margin of more than 3,000 votes over the ruling TD. A survey conducted by Mr Rajagopal repo-rts a TD win but with a wafer-thin margin of only 3 per cent over the YSRC. Then there is the state intelligence report that has two predictions, one that predicts a YSRC win with 4,500 votes and another that talks of a TD super-win with over 18,000 votes.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Mr Raja-gopal said the TD would gain a clear majority as the Nandyal voters were in favour of the TD even before the election notification was released. Mr Rajagopal, who is branded as the Andhra Octopus, said he had conducted the survey through his RG Flash Team which showed that TD would win with a clear majority. 

 

He said that from the time of the election no-tification being released to exit polls, he had conduced three surveys in all and every time, the results ruled in TD’s favour. According to sources in the RG Flash Team, the survey reflected a gain of 49 per cent by the TD, 46 per cent by the YSRC and a mere 5 per cent by the Congress and others. The survey has factored in a marginal error of 2 per cent out of 2,500 samples. 

RG Flash Team Survey also revealed that the sympathy card featuring the Bhuma Nagi Reddy family had not worked out. But the Muslim and other minorities were in favour of the ruling TD. As per the survey, the negative comments ma-de by YSRC chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Re-ddy about the CM had only worked against him. The survey conducted by Prashant Kishor expected the YSRC win by over 3,000 votes.

 

Gospadu Mandal is expected to score a majority of 8,000 votes, Nandyal Rural mandal  5,000 with a total gain of 13,000 by the YSRC. Comparatively, TD will gain 10,000 votes, which clearly shows YSRC winning over the TD, claimed Mr Kishor. But according to the survey reportedly conducted by the state intelligence department, there are two different analysis. One that states that YSRC would be winning with a majority of 4,551 and the other, that states that the TD would be winning with a majority of 18,000.

Interestingly, it was observed that the majority of the Muslim votes are polled in favour of the TD in both the reports. Comparing both the survey reports, it was seen that along with Muslims, Balija, Vysya and Valmiki communities voted for the TD while Reddy, Dalits and other BC communities had polled for YSRC. Along with these there are many other surveys that are in circulation. Opinions seem to be divided in most of them. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is said to be analysing the various Nandyal bypoll survey reports and is in deep discussion with his ministers and officials from the intelligence department.

 

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