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Exit polls predict grim picture for NDA

PTI | ByAgencies, New Delhi
May 11, 2004 11:10 AM IST

The Aaj Tak has predicted 248 seats for NDA, while Star a slightly more comfortable 263-275 seats.In Graphic: It's Over, Go Figure

NDA will fail to notch up a majority in Parliament or barely make it, exit polls after the close of staggered national elections said on Monday.

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At the close of the four-phase polling on Monday, the Aaj Tak television predicted that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's BJP and its allies would win 248 seats, 24 short of the halfway mark in the 543-member House.

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While the BJP and allies were tipped to lose 54 seats since the 1999 elections, the Congress and its allies were projected to gain the same number to bring their tally to 191.

Aaj Tak predicted 104 seats for non-Congress and non-BJP parties.

Star Television projected a slightly more comfortable 263-275 seats for the BJP and its allies and 174-186 for the Congress and its allies.

Other parties were tipped to get 86 to 98 seats.

An NDTV-Indian Express Exit Poll predicted 230-250 seats for BJP and allies.

The poll, carried out by AC Nielsen and based on a sample size of 1,22,172 voters spread over 213 constituencies, gave Congress 190-205 seats and Left parties 40-50 besides 60-70 to others.

Sahara television has given NDA 263-278 seats -- revised from 264-279 earlier and Zee has predicted 249 seats for the ruling coalition.

Any party or coalition would need at least 272 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, to form a Government.

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