Sonia Maino Gandhi and Lalchand Kishinchand Advani may be united in their contemputous fulminations against the Third Front and smaller, regional parties. But there is still no stopping “The Others”, according to an opinion poll conducted for India Today magazine by ORG-MARG-AC Neilsen in 98 constituencies in 19 States.
The sample size was 12,374 respondents.
# Advani & Co may contemputously call Manmohan Singh the weakest PM, etc, even disgracefully mocking his absence from work following his heart bypass heart operation. But the PM’s rating is higher than that of the PM–in-waiting: 42% say his performance was average, against 41% for Advani; 39% term it good versus 28%.
# 25% per cent say projecting Narendra Damodardas Modi as the PM candidate in the next general elections will have no impact on the BJP’s prospects in this election.