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NDA soars to 229 mark, predicts survey

Saturday, 15 March 2014 | PNS | New Delhi
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Yet another opinion poll has put the NDA far ahead of the ruling UPA regime with a difference of a whopping 100 seats between the two in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The opinion poll conducted by NDTV predicts that the NDA will garner 229 seats, which includes a magnificent performance by the BJP standing tall with 195 seats.

The Congress-led UPA is likely to be reduced to a mere 129 seats, which includes the parent party at 106 of the total 543 Lok Sabha seats.

The much talked about AAP is projected to bag only four Lok Sabha seats and that too only from Delhi.

According to the survey, the haul for NDA allies includes 13 for Shiv Sena, nine for TDP, four for SAD, one each for RLSP, HJC, NPF and two others.

On the other hand the Congress is expected to get only 106 seats and its allies like the RJD have been put at eight, NCP five, RLD and JKNC three each, AUDF one and others three.

The tally for the alternate front has been put at 55 with the Left projected to win over 18, BJD 17, Samajwadi Party 13 and JD(S) two. The biggest loser JD(U) is likely to get five LS seats.

Amongst the regional parties’ tally of 130 Lok Sabha seats, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC may get 32, while J Jayalalithaa is projected to win 27, BSP 16, YSR 11, DMK 10, JMM two with others like MNS, SDF and MIM one each.

The NDA appears to be sprinting towards one of its strongest finishes ever in Uttar Pradesh which has 80 LS seats. In the last election in 2009, it won just ten parliamentary seats. The reset button has been pushed by the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, says the survey and Modi emerges as the most favoured PM.

Mayawati’s party, the BSP, will get 15, down five from last time. The setback for the State’s other regional powerhouse Mulayam Singh Yadav is considerably heftier. His Samajwadi Party is likely to get 13 seats, that’s ten less than his tally in the last general election in 2009.

The Congress — whose senior-most leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi represent Rae Bareli and Amethi respectively — will lose 15 seats (along with ally RLD Ajit Singh) to get 12 seats. The BJP’s strongest performance in UP was in 1998, when it won 57 of the 85 seats (Uttarakhand had not been carved out as a separate State), a landslide powered by the party’s stated focus on building a Ram temple at Ayodhya.

Out of Bihar’s 40 seats, 23 have been projected for NDA and 11 for UPA.

According to the survey UPA can expect a dismal performance in the bifurcated State of Andhra Pradesh. NDA has been projected to bag nine seats and UPA just one. The smaller States and UTs which account for 34 LS seats, have given maximum to UPA with 22 seats and only eight to the NDA

Assam and Punjab are the only two States where the Congress is expected to buck the trend of suffering reverses in the Lok Sabha polls. NDTV’s opinion poll shows Rahul Gandhi’s party making a clean sweep in Assam.

 
 
 
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