Prople of India believes PM Narendra Modi as the leader who can take “agenda of the nation” forward: I-PAC survey

Prople of India believes PM Narendra Modi as the leader who can take “agenda of the nation” forward: I-PAC survey

Courtesy : Bureau05/09/2018 18:46

New Delhi: Nearly 48% of the over 57 lakh people from 712 districts reached out to in 55 days see PM Narendra Modi as the leader who can take “agenda of the nation” forward, shows an online survey by Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), an advocacy group mentored by political strategist Prashant Kishor. 

The survey done by the group under National Agenda Forum had nominated 923 leaders for the respondents to choose from. While Modi topped the survey, Congress president Rahul Gandhi came second with 11% vote. 

The survey places Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at the third spot with 9.3% votes and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with 7 % votes in the fourth spot. They are followed by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerji and BSP supremo Mayawati with 4.2 and 3.1% votes, respectively. 

The list of leaders to choose from also had Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with whom Kishor has worked closely in the past,CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and several other regional and national faces. 

The survey said the respondents cited women's empowerment, farm crisis, economic inequality, problems of students, education in health and hygiene, sanitation, communal unity and basic education among the top priority issues for the country. 

It also identified people such as Akshay Kumar, Raghuram Rajan, MS Dhoni, Yogi Ramdev and journalist Ravish Kumar who are popular as "people who should be in politics." 

The survey, released on Monday, is similar to the one Kishor-mentored Citizens for Accountable Governance, did in 2013, projecting Modi was the most favoured leader in the country. 

Critics have, however, noted that it is an online survey and has its limitations because a large part of the country, specifically rural India could not have been able to access the survey.

However, I-PAC members said the objective of the online poll was to reach out to a significant part of the population that has access to the internet and get an idea of what the country thinks.

Once seen as an important member of the Modi team who played an important role in 2014 campaign, Kishor in 2015 had closely worked with Nitish Kumar for the victory of the mahagatbandhan in Bihar, after which he had strategised the role of the Congress in Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in UP elections in 2017 that did not see good results.

But now, according to BJP sources, Kishor is part of their party's campaign ecosystem for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and has been given the responsibility of planning the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. 

I-PAC sources however denied that the group had any formal association with the BJP and said that Kishor was talking to many political parties.

Kishor’s group is also looking after the campaign of YSR Congress Party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh that is set to go to polls in May 2019. To kickstart the 150th Birth Anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi, I-PAC had launched the National Agenda Forum (NAF),which according to its website,attempts to "resurrect the conversation around (Gandhi's) 18-point Constructive Programme and use it to re-imagine and co-create India’s priorities to formulate an actionable agenda for contemporary India." EOM

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