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UPA @ 3: The people are fed up... want PM to go

Last updated on: May 22, 2012 09:29 IST

UPA @ 3: The people are fed up... want PM to go

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Has the United Progressive Alliance government delivered the goods in the three years it has been in power? Has the Manmohan Singh-led government been able to effectively check the growing prices and the level of corruption in the country?

The answer to these questions is a resounding NO.

A survey carried out by television channel CNN-IBN has revealed that an overwhelming number of voters believe that the government has lost the faith of the public.

The public sentiment states that the UPA government, which is on Tuesday commemorating three years in power, has lost out on tackling governance issues and that the Manmohan Singh government is facing a serious credibility crisis.

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Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at the Parliament House to attend the Budget Session, in New Delhi
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Credibility issues

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The poll, which was carried out in eight cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Lucknow between May 8-10, reflected the mood of the nation.

When asked about whether they were satisfied with the current UPA government, 59 per cent of the respondents replied in the negative.

At the same time, another 66 per cent felt that the Manmohan Singh-led government had lost the credibility to govern the nation.

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Image: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee talks to UPA chairperson Sonia gandhi at the UPA leaders meeting. Also seen is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Photographs: Press Information Bureau
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The Anna Hazare factor

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Asked to state the major reasons why the government had lost public appeal, 21 per cent blamed the administration's handling of social activist Anna Hazare's fast for Lokpal Bill.

While 20 per cent of those surveyed outlined the government's failure to take bold economic reform measures and 17 per cent lamented on its inability to tackle scams and corruption cases, 16 per cent believed that Dr Singh was unable to manage coalition allies.

Eleven per cent of respondents felt that Sonia had not actively backed Dr Singh, because of her ill-health, and castigated the UPA's indecisive attitude and failure to take decisions on key issues.

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Image: Anna Hazare addressing media persons with members of the civil society


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On the decline

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Price rise, failure to act against corruption and failure on the front of bringing in economic reforms are the three major issues where people believe the UPA-II government has performed badly.

Forty nine per cent people said they saw no change in the corruption levels in the country while 36 per cent felt that malpractices had risen to menacing levels under the current dispensation.

The government has been a total failure when it came to tacking prices with over 50 per cent (53) feeling that the government's ineffectiveness had just increased the common man's miseries.

Another 46 per cent slammed the government for derailing the country off the growth path.

The government's Naxal strategy too came under attack with 44 per cent of the respondents believing that it had simply not done enough to tackle the ultras in the three years it has been in power.

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Photographs: Reuters
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PM's abysmal report card

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's performance too has taken a beating with 41 per cent respondents terming it as average and another 55 per cent seeking his exit.

While a meagre 13 per cent was happy with his work, an overwhelming 58 per cent believed that UPA-II will not last its tenure and another 49 per cent did not want to give it another chance in power.

With regard to who they would want to see as Dr Singh's replacement, the audience surveyed appeared more favourable towards Rahul Gandhi (33 per cent) and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (20 per cent).

Only 7 per cent wanted to see Sonia as prime minister.

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Photographs: Reuters

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Modi as PM? YES we can!

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi topped the survey on who people would like to see as prime minister if the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance ever came to power.

While 39 per cent respondents voted for Modi as the next prime minister, 17 per cent voted in favour of senior BJP statesman L K Advani and 10 per cent for Sushma Swaraj.

Ironically, only 2 per cent voters entrusted their faith on BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

The CNN-IBN survey comes as a rude awakening for the UPA government, which on Tuesday is set to release a 'Report to the People' containing sector-wise initiatives taken over the last one year.

Well, the message from the aam aadmi is clear -- Buckle up or get booted.

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Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
Photographs: Courtesy NarendraModi.in

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