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Regional parties as kingmakers after 2014 polls?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 17, 2013
First Published: 00:26 IST(17/10/2013) | Last Updated: 00:30 IST(17/10/2013)

Regional parties hold the key for the formation of the next government even though the BJP-led NDA is set to overtake the Congress-led UPA, predicts a survey done by C Voter for India TV and Times Now.

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Predicting a hung Parliament, the survey projects the NDA getting 186 seats, compared to UPA, projected to get 117 seats.

This is a huge downswing from the 259 seats that the ruling combine got in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. In 2009, the NDA had secured 159 seats.

The ruling Congress, which had won 206 LS seats in 2009, is projected to win only 102 seats this time, while the main opposition BJP that won 116 seats in 2009, is projected to win 162 seats this time.

The survey said the key to power at the Centre would be held by “others”, consisting of mainly regional parties, who are projected to get 240 out of a total 543 Lok Sabha seats. These parties include the AIADMK, SP, BSP, Left Front, Trinamool Congress, RJD, BJD, YSR Congress and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

The survey predicted 32 seats for Left Front, 25 for SP, 28 for AIADMK, 31 for BSP, 23 for Trinamool Congress and 14 for RJD.

The YSR Congress and TRS are projected to win 13 seats each in AP, said the survey.

The ruling JD (U) in Bihar that had won 20 seats in 2009, is projected to win only nine seats, while the DMK’s seat share is projected to come down from 18 to 5 in Tamil Nadu.


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