An opinion poll by Times Now channel has predicted a defeat for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The survey broadcast by Times Now, a channel perceived to be pro-BJP, predicted a defeat for the saffron party. The survey by Times Now also said that the BJP will suffer a huge loss of seats in Uttar Pradesh compared to what it had won in 2014.
According to Times Now, the BJP-led NDA may win 252 seats, which is 21 short of the majority mark to form the government at the Centre. The Congress-led UPA is predicted to win 147 seats while the combination of non-BJP regional parties have been given 144 seats.
In Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP had won 73 out of 80 seats in 2014 in alliance with Apna Dal, the magic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be on the wane as his party is predicted to win just 27 seats even without the Congress joining the grand alliance of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal. The grand alliance, according to the Times Now survey, is set to win 51 seats, 46 more seats that what they had won five years ago. The Congress, the survey said, will retain its two traditional seats of Amethi and Raebareli.
Earlier this month, an opinion poll by India Today had predicted a complete rout for the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. India Today’s Mood Of The Nation poll had predicted just 18 seats for the BJP even if the Congress did not join the grand alliance comprising the SP, the BSP and the RLD.
Another survey by India TV had said that BJP may win just 40 seats, BSP 15, SP 2 and Congress 2 in Uttar Pradesh if elections were conducted today.