The BJP is also all set to come back to power by winning 41-36 seats in the 70-member Assembly seats and the Congress, which is in power right now may win just 18-23 seats, to loss elections showing incumbency factor.
The BJP is also banking on a possible split in the Christian vote which is the most consolidated and significant constituency in this coastal state.
Sanjay Kumar, professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Deputy Director of Lokniti, joins The Quint for a Facebook Live to talk about the Uttar Pradesh elections and its political ramifications. Party chief Amit Shah is likely to ask BJP leaders from UP to aim to win over 300 Assembly seats expecting that the support base of the faction-ridden Samajwadi Party would shift to the saffron outfit. While the party won 224 seats in 2012, this year they are likely to win only 92-97 seats, which is only 26 per cent of the vote share. The state election committee (of BJP) will meet on January 8-9 where all reports would be prepared and sent to central election committee.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's high-voltage campaign and strategist Prashant Kishor's electoral planning seems to have made little to no difference to the party's fortunes.
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The results of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in the state were perplexing as the decrease in the percentage of SP and BSP votes was not commensurate with the humiliating depletion in the number of their seats. "Also, the Union budget presentation on 1 February may have a negative impact in an alert state like Goa because people here may feel the BJP is using the government machinery for political ends", Prabhu said.
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. There might be pressure on Samajwadi Party as well.
Five Indian states will go to polls next month, including the most populous Uttar Pradesh, which will see a seven-phase election lasting a month, it was officially announced on Wednesday.
"Our local leaders Manohar Parrikar, Shripad Naik, Laxmikant Parsekar and Francis D'Souza too would be addressing rallies", the South Goa MP stated, maintaining that the exuberance of the BJP party workers already indicates a big win for the BJP.