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UPA to win if elections are held tomorrow: Poll

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 23:27

New Delhi: Majority of people feel the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) would win if an election was to be held tomorrow, an opinion poll by a private news channel said.

The poll which surveyed 34,277 people said despite the problems in the UPA, the government has emerged stronger on account of the opposition being divided.

The poll showed the UPA gaining 25 seats in a Lok Sabha election, coming back with a strength of 288. With 70 percent of India’s voting population living in rural belts, various controversies surrounding the UPA government seemed to have little effect on the poll results.

Statewise figures show the UPA’s gain came primarily from a clean sweep on the entire 39 seats in Tamil Naidu and overhauling the BJP in Karnataka with 18 seats, adding 12 to its present number.

Despite the death of YS Rajasekhara Reddy, the Congress manages to hold on in Andhra Pradesh, losing only a negligible three seats bringing its number to 30.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress emerges the single largest party with 25 of the 80 seats. The BSP and the Samajwadi Party, which both have at times supported the UPA government, land up losing a few seats each.

In West Bengal however, the UPA`s survival depends on its alliance with present partner Trinamool Congress. In the event that the alliance with Mamata Banerjee falls through, the UPA stands to lose around 23 seats.

For Bihar, the polls suggests, an alliance between the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress may lead to the UPA sweeping the state as well. The poll says the Congress with the RJD may get as many as 33 seats in the state.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 23:27

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