With all political eyes glued to the upcoming 403-seat Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, as per ABP's latest opinion poll, the present ruling regime Samajwadi Party (SP) may see a setback in the forthcoming assembly elections and it will be the Mayawati-lead BSP which may show a surprising comeback, if elections were to be held today. In a survey by ABP news, BSP is likely to win 185 seats in the 403-member assembly. However, it will be an astounding situation if BSP which had secured only 80 seats in the 2012 assembly polls, sweeps away in the forthcoming elections.
The UP elections are also going to be a big test for Narendra Modi and the BJP, especially after their defeat in Delhi and Bihar. Experts and political analysts have been saying that to get a hold in the Upper House, it would be important for BJP to put up a good show in UP. The BJP is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha because of which the government has failed to pass many key bills.
ABP's opinion poll has also predicted that the Modi brigade is likely to get somewhere around 120 seats but this number won't help them to form the government. The party witnessed one of its worst performances in Bihar coupled with a shocking loss in Delhi. However, the situation was completely different in the 2014 General elections when BJP grabbed 73 seats out of the total 80, leaving only 3 seats for Mulayam Singh Yadav's SP and a duck for Mayawati's BSP.
With Akhilesh Yadav being the Chief Ministerial face for SP and Mayawati for BSP, it will be interesting to see who BJP unveils as its CMs face, before it enters the election battle ground of UP in 2017.