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Graft (Stinkflation) erodes Congress support base and BJP ahead in UP

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    abirbec04 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    This is the AC Nielsen Poll - Mood of the nation. UPA is losing everywhere right now, Rahul Baba's magic is not working in UP and BJP is back to leading the pack in UP.

    [video]http://headlinestoday.intoday.in/site/headlines_today/programme/india-today-nielson-mood-of-nation-survey/1/148026.html[/video]

    A good book of quotations has one incomparable virtue: it tells us that someone somewhere sometime looked at a rising bubble and deftly separated possibility from illusion. Some quotations survive for the sheer vivacity of verbal pyrotechnics: Oscar Wilde comes to mind. But virtuosity, even of the highest order, is more amusing than educative. The useful quotes are those which survive the remembrance of authors past. The classics become proverbs.
    The late British prime minister Harold Wilson once made an acute observation that has been repeated so often it has turned into a virtual cliche: a week is a long time in politics. Two years, which is the scheduled timeframe before the next general election season warms up, is a hundred times longer. The ancients were so convinced about the necessity of caution when promised a lottery that they whipped up two proverbs: they told peasants not to count their chickens before the eggs hatched; and informed the genteel lady taking her tea that there was many a slip 'twixt cup and lip.

    If the latest snapshot of the electoral mood photographed by Nielsen lasts the long course, the next general election could turn out to be a blissful tea party for the BJP. Two summers ago the BJP was on a frantic chase to nowhere, its cadre devastated by two successive defeats, its vote depressed by a disconnect between the national mood and party line. The mood has reversed with startling speed. The majority of the electorate is livid with a Congress party whose complacency and corruption has been compounded by interminable inflation and lockjaw in governance.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/mood-of-the-nation-congress-vs-bjp/1/147920.html
     
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    abirbec04 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Public opinion has turned decisively against the Manmohan Singh-led upa Government in the last 12 months. That is the crux of India Today's Mood of the Nation poll conducted by leading research company, Nielsen. For a government that was re-elected to a second consecutive term in office just a little over two years ago, the slide could not have been more dramatic. It is rare for a government anywhere in the world to be re-elected to a second consecutive term in office with an enhanced majority. It is probably even rarer for a government to have squandered such a decisive mandate and so much goodwill in such quick time.

    Our Mood of the Nation Poll conducted in August 2010, exactly a year ago, showed that support for UPA 2 had largely held up in its first year in office. It has evaporated in its second year. Our poll shows a massive 5.6 per cent swing away from the UPA in the last year. It is not hard to see why. It is in the last 12 months that corruption has emerged as a serious issue-whether in 2G, or the Commonwealth Games or the cash-for-votes scandal. The prime minister's image has plummeted. In January 2011, 44 per cent of our respondents believed his image had been tarnished by scams. In our latest poll, 70 per cent of respondents believe the same, a huge 26 percentage point rise in just six months.

    To make matters worse, the Government has seemed in a state of paralysis, brought to a halt by warring ministers, reluctant bureaucrats and policy clashes between the Congress party and the Cabinet. The most visible symbol of the inertia in governance is the runaway rate of inflation. Writes Editorial Director M.J. Akbar, summing up the UPA's predicament in the lead essay of our cover story, "UPA 2 is suffering from an attack of 'stinkflation', a combination of stinking corruption and inflationary prices that is potentially fatal". The one saviour of the upa could be the reluctant prince Rahul Gandhi who remains the most popular choice for prime minister.

    In the meanwhile, the UPA's loss has to be somebody's gain. According to our opinion poll, in much of the Hindi heartland, the gains seem to be accruing to the BJP. That isn't because the BJP has changed its colours since its last electoral defeat, nor because it has acquired a leader of stature. It is because, as the principal opposition party to the Congress in many states, it is reaping the benefits of an anti-Congress wave. This is particularly evident in the poll numbers for Delhi and Rajasthan, both Congress strongholds in 2009 which are slipping away to the BJP. Elsewhere, the anti-Congress/UPA vote is going to other parties. In Andhra Pradesh for example, a state which played a key role in propelling UPA 1 and UPA 2 to power, the Congress is losing ground to rebel Jaganmohan Reddy. The UPA needs to get its act together if it wants to put up a real fight in 2014.

    Our special package which commemorates India's 65th Independence Day may provide a few clues on how to change our decaying institutions and systems of governance for the better. Eminent Indians from different walks of life have contributed essays on how to reform key areas of public life 'the judiciary, the bureaucracy, the education system among others. I hope that their views will provoke discussion and debate and play a part in bringing about the change we so urgently need.

    From the Editor-in-Chief : EDITOR'S NOTE: India Today

    CNN-IBN paid poll put to rest. :lol:
     
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