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BJP swing in west, central India: Poll

With the general election a month away, an opinion poll Friday predicted the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would sweep western and central India.
PTI | By From Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2004 01:54 PM IST

With the general election a month away, an opinion poll Friday predicted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance would sweep western and central India and make some gains in the south.

The NDTV-Indian Express-AC Nielsen survey forecast the BJP and its allies would win 27 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, 24 of 26 seats in Gujarat, 26 of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, all 11 seats in Chattisgarh, 21 of the 28 seats in Karnataka.

In Andhra Pradesh, where the BJP is the junior partner of the state's Telugu Desam Party, the alliance could claim 34 of the 42 seats.

The NDA is likely to suffer a setback in Tamil Nadu, where the BJP and its ally AIADMK are set to win only five of the 39 seats.

The Congress would gain in Kerala, where the United Democratic Front led by it was forecast to win 14 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats.

The prediction for Orissa also bodes well for the BJP. The Biju Janata Dal-BJP alliance is set to retain 19 of the 21 seats in the state, with the Congress claiming the remaining two.

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