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Krishna, Patnaik to retain power, Naidu in trouble

Karnataka and Orissa CMs are likely to retain power but the AP CM is in trouble, an NDTV poll survey said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2004 10:31 AM IST

Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Orissa S M Krishna and Naveen Patnaik are most likely to retain power but their counterpart in Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu is in trouble, an NDTV poll survey for the state assemblies said on Wednesday.

Voters appear to upset the applecart of Naidu, seeking a third term, with his TDP-combine likely to remain "slightly below" the halfway mark of 147 getting 120-140 seats in the 294-member assembly, the survey said.

The Congress is seen to be doing well and is likely to cross the halfway mark with 140-160 seats, the survey said observing it is doing well in the Telangana and other regions with a positive swing of six per cent.

The survey portends good news for Congress in Karnataka where Krishna "is most likely" to emerge triumphant with 110-120 out of 194 seats.

The BJP would get between 60 and 70 seats. The Janata Dal (Secular) of former Premier H D Deve Gowda has a swing in its favour of four per cent but is unlikely to make a major dent in the fortunes of Krishna in terms of seats, the survey said giving 25 to 30 seats to others.

Orissa is not expected to witness any change of guard with Naveen Patnaik likely to be back in the saddle with the survey giving his BJD-BJP combine 90 to 100 seats in the 147-member assembly.

The Congress is expected to get 30-40 seats and others 15-20 seats, the survey said.

The NDTV-Indian Express survey, conducted by A C Neilson, was based on exit polls for assemblies in phase one where elections were held yesterday and opinion polls done a week ago for those constituencies going to polls in the second phase.

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