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Dates for 5 state assembly elections set

Dates for 5 state assembly elections set”

While people are split when it comes to the Centre's "demonetisation" drive, it will be interesting to see whether the move enhances or affects BJP's vote bank in the UP elections. There will be 1,85,000 polling stations across five states.

According to the opinion poll done by Axis-My-India for a national channel, the BJP is projected to secure a majority by bagging between 206-216 seats in UP.

Voting in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state that is home to 200 million people, will begin on February 11 and finish on March 8, chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi told reporters.

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India Today beings you the major reasons why Goa is important, should BJP end alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab and why the polls in the hilly state would be closely watched.

Furthermore, an overwhelming 76 per cent of the respondents in the survey supported demonetisation with more than half of them (51 per cent) saying that they believe that note ban will help eliminate the menace of black money and fake notes.

Out of power in UP for 27 years, the Congress is expected to win seats in single digits, which means that Prashant Kishore's strategies are not quite improving the party's fortunes. A do-or-die battle between the BSP and the SP is what the survey foresees.

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State elections, held every five years, are vital for the BJP to be able to gain control of the upper house of parliament, where members are indirectly elected by state legislatures and opposition parties have held up the passage of some bills.

As has been the case in previous opinion polls, Mayawati has the highest approval ratings when it comes to the question of who's best placed to handle law and order in UP.

However, the survey has no good news for the Samajwadi Party. Rahul Gandhi's Khat Sabha and Kisan yatra has brought farmers closer to the party's 2017 vision for Uttar Pradesh but the question of how much impact it has left remains since most exit polls show a favourable result to SP and BJP. Indeed, Parrikar, a former chief minister, is part of the BJP's core election committee and has spent several days camping and campaigning in Goa.

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