Narendra Modi best performing CM: survey

The opinion poll, conducted on the eve of the Congess-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s first anniversary in its second term, rated Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik as the second best performer, with only 1% fewer votes than Modi

Mint 20/5/10

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been the best performing head of a state government in the last one year, according to a survey by NDTV news channel with GfK Mode, a market and social research firm.

The opinion poll, conducted on the eve of the Congess-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s first anniversary in its second term, rated Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik as the second best performer, with only 1% fewer votes than Modi.

Interestingly, chief ministers belonging to the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dominated the top five list of best performers with Patnaik, who belongs to the Biju Janata Dal and Assam chief minister and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi being the exceptions.

While 85% of the 34,277 respondents across the country chose Modi, a BJP leader, as the best chief minister, Patnaik got 84%. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chauhan and Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh got 77% and 73%, respectively. Both belong to the BJP. Gogoi was the favourite of 76% of the respondents.

According to the survey, 44% of the respondents said they were worse off in the UPA’s second term, compared with its first. However, almost 70% were satisfied with Manmohan Singh’s performance as Prime Minister. A majority of 55% of the respondents were in favour of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi becoming the next prime minister. The poll suggests that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is more powerful than Singh—63% of the respondents thought so.

Home minister P. Chidambaram, who has been under attack for his handling of internal security in the wake of stepped-up Maoist attacks, is rated as a high performer with a score of 61%. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s performance was applauded by 59% of the respondents. However, 62% said they had been affected by inflation measured at 9.59% in April.

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