January 2020 News

58% Back Modi Govt's Article 370 Move, 50% Find J&K As UT Unconstitutional: MOTN

23 January 2020
India Today

New Delhi: Nearly five months after the Narendra Modi government decided to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and scrap the special status of J&K, the Mood of the Nation (MOTN) survey conducted by the India Today Group and Karvy Insights shows majority supports the August 2019 move. The respondents were asked: Do you think the NDA government's move to abolish Article 370 will lead to a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue? In response to this question, 58 per cent respondents said they feel that the decision will provide a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue; 26 per cent answered in negative while 16 per cent could not form any conclusive view on the Article 370 move. A region-wise breakdown of the MOTN survey showed that 56 per cent respondents in north India believed that abrogation of Article 370 will provide a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue. The figures for East, West and South were 60 per cent, 67 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. The India Today's MOTN has revealed that 50 per cent believe that the decision to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir and converting both the parts into Union Territories violates the federal character - which the Supreme Court defined as the basic structure - of the Constitution. The question asked was: Do you think the Union government's unilateral decision to change the status of J&K from state to UT violates the federal structure of India's character? To this, 50 per cent respondents said it violated the feral character, 34 per cent said it didn't and 16 per cent said can't say-don't know. The India Today Group-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation (MOTN) poll was conducted by Karvy Insights Limited. A total of 12,141 interviews were conducted (67 per cent rural and 33 per cent urban, and an almost equal number of females and males), spread across 97 parliamentary constituencies in 194 assembly constituencies in 19 states-Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. In each of the assembly constituencies, different starting points were selected, covering all the five zones of an assembly constituency: north, south, east, west and the centre. A fixed number of interviews were conducted, rigorously following the right-hand rule of household selection. The fieldwork for the MOTN poll was conducted from December 21, 2019 to December 31, 2019. The survey followed random sampling. All interviews were conducted face-to-face using a standard structured interview questionnaire, which was translated into regional languages. The poll was conducted under the supervision of Ranjit Chib, who is the chairman of Karvy Insights. He was assisted by Sachin Gupta and Debashish Chatterjee, both associate vice presidents at Karvy Insights.