October 13th is the date for Assembly Polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh, and one of the first Assembly election opinion polls conducted by Star News and Nielsen suggest that Cong-NCP will win in Maharashtra while Congress will make an easy comeback in Haryana.
Star News-Nielsen gives a comprehensive thumbs-up to the Congress in Haryana and suggests that Congress will win as much as 65 seats of the 90. BJP, although fighting alone on all 90 seats is shown as winning just 2 seats. Of the 7,664 voters chosen for the survey in Haryana, 73 per cent said that Bhupinder Singh Hooda is a good chief minister and 70 per cent agreed that the performance of his government has been good. Moreover, 68 per cent feel that Hooda should return as the chief minister.
Maharashtra shows a closely faught battle between Cong-NCP and Shiv Sena-BJP combine. Congress with 88 seats and NCP with 55 will have a tally of 143, while Shiv Sena with 63 and BJP with 55 will have a total of 118 seats according to the survey. Of the 23,122 voters surveyed in Maharashtra, 53 per cent said Ashok Chavan was a good chief minister. 37 per cent felt Vilasrao Deshmukh was better, 19 per cent support Chavan, 18 per cent suggested Manohar Joshi while 17 per cent support Sushil Kumar Shinde.
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