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Unhappy Indians clamour for change at election: poll

Published on Feb 27, 2014 12:44 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Hindu nationalist opposition is set to trounce the ruling Congress party in upcoming elections with 70 per cent of voters unhappy with the state of the country, a poll showed Wednesday.

Sixty-three per cent of voters surveyed by the US-based Pew Research Center said they wanted the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the next government against 19 per cent who opted for outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Congress.

And while 78 per cent said they had a favourable opinion of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, just 50 per cent said the same of Rahul Gandhi, who is Congress's election frontman.

Mr Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, is a hugely divisive figure.

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