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230-265 seats for NDA: Week survey

NDA is likely to get between 230 and 265 seats while the Congress and its allies may bag 170 to 200 seats, according to an opinion poll conducted by The Week.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2004 20:13 IST
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The BJP and its allies are likely to get between 230 and 265 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections while the Congress and its allies may bag 170 to 200 seats, according to an opinion poll conducted for news magazine The Week.

The "others" comprising parties like Samajwadi Party, BSP, CPI-M, CPI and JD-S will get 95 to 110 seats, said the poll conducted by market research agency TNS among 17,513 voters across 143 constituency between March 25 and April one.

A release issued by the magazine said Congress was expected to improve its tally in Uttar Pradesh while the BJP would gain a few in Punjab but lose a few seats in Haryana.

The opinion poll showed a "positive swing" towards BJP in Rajasthan while predicting the party would hold on to its seats in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, the release said.

While the BJP may "sweep" Chhattisgarh, it may lose significantly in Maharashtra, it said.

In Tamil Nadu, the breaking of its alliance with DMK might "cost the BJP dear but the party was slated to make "significant" gain in Karnataka, it added.

The opinion poll predicted that Congress-TRS alliance in Andhra Pradesh would "make a significant dent" in BJP-TDP seats and the Left Democratic Front would do far better in Kerala, it said.

The release said BJP makes gains in West Bengal, while BJP-BJD alliance in Orissa would hold on to its seats.

The Congress-RJD combine will do better in Bihar and in Jharkhand, the JMM may help the Congress win more seats, it said and added in Assam the status quo remained.

Among other issues covered in the opinion polls, the release said 50 per cent Indians were "open to dynastic politics" and "51 per cent favoured that Congress President Sonia Gandhi's foreign should not be an election issue."

None of the Bollywood stars, who entered politics recently, were considered "good enough to represent people" by 64 per cent of people, the release added.