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Nitish Kumar to get clear majority: Opinion poll

delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2010 22:13 IST

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According to an opinion poll conducted by STAR News and Neilsen, Nitish Kumar is likely to get a massive majority in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls and the JD(U)-BJP alliance may snatch 170 seats in the 243-member house.

In the 2005 Assembly elections, JD(U)-BJP alliance had won 143 seats with a 36.1 per cent vote share.

According to the poll, the allies are seen consolidating their position with an improved vote share of 41 per cent.

The poll says that the Lalu Prasad Yadav-Ram Vilas Paswan alliance is set to be reduced to 34 seats.

The poll shows RJD-LJP alliance will lose a whopping 10 per cent vote share and will be reduced to almost half of 2005's tally of 64 seats.

In 2005, the alliance had a vote share of 34.6 per cent and had won 64 seats. This time around, it will get only 25 per cent vote share for the 34 seats it is projected to win.

Congress is predicted to make a comeback with 22 seats, up from its share of 9 seats in 2005 elections. Congress also is projected to increase its vote share from 6.1 per cent to 10 per cent in the upcoming elections.

In 2005, BSP had won 4 seats but this time around the poll predicts that it will win only half of that.

Independents are also said to slip from 10 to 6.

The poll which was carried out from 27 September 2010 to 7 October 2010 had 21,640 respondents.

The respondents rated the performance of the current JD(U)- BJP government as well Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's as good.

Nitish Kumar was also rated as the most suitable candidate for the position of the state's Chief Minister.

Bihar Government's war cry of development in the state seems working. As improvement in road conditions and transport facility and provision of good educational institutions were rated high.

Keeping aside the caste issue, most of the respondents said that they will vote for the person who has development as an agenda even if he or she does not belong to their caste.