New Delhi, Jan 23: An opinion poll has projected
that Congress-led UPA could secure a majority on its own
if Lok Sabha elections are held immediately.
The poll said
Congress President Sonia Gandhi got the highest rating in
popular choice as Prime Minister ahead of second-placed Atal
Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
The "state of the nation" survey says if Lok Sabha
elections were held in the second week of January this year,
UPA coalition would have perhaps "shed its dependence" on
coalition partners and secured a clear majority with around
The poll says Congress is ahead in the race for power in
ruling Punjab and Uttarakhand where assembly polls are
scheduled next month.
The poll conducted in 21 states with a 15,000 strong
representative sample, however, made it clear that as regards
its projection about the two states it must be understood that
the poll was conducted on a national level and was not
specific to the two states.
It also carries bad news for Congress and UPA by
suggesting that anti-incumbency has begun in party-ruled
Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and in Delhi.
At the national level, the survey said the opposition
space was widening with NDA expected to get 115 seats, down
from the 189 it had won in 2004, according to a