BJD to again form govt in Odisha: Survey

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) would emerge victorious in the upcoming Assembly polls in Odisha and form government in the state, said a pre-poll survey.

The conch party is projected to win 100 out of 147 assembly seats in Odisha, while the BJP and Congress may win 31 and 9 seats, respectively, said the latest India TV-CNX opinion poll telecast.

The National Democratic Alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi may get a thin majority with 275 seats, only three seats more than the magic mark, in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, it said.

The BJP’s tally may fall from present 282 to 230 seats, 42 short of the midway mark of 272 in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, the survey said.

“The survey gives a projection for NDA win in 275 seats, followed by Congress-led UPA in 147 seats, and ‘Others’ including SP, BSP, TMC, TRS, regional parties and independents projected to win in 121 seats,” it added.

The Congress tally may jump from 44 in 2014 to 97 this time, it said.

In the NDA kitty totalling 275 seats, BJP may win 230 seats, Shiv Sena 13, AIADMK 10, JD(U) nine, Akali Dal two, PMK two, LJP 3, and the rest by other regional and smaller parties. In the UPA tally of 126 seats, the Congress may win 97, DMK 16, Lalu Yadav’s RJD eight, TDP seven, and the rest by other regional and smaller parties, the survey said.

The survey was conducted between March 24 and 31 in all the 543 parliamentary constituencies among a total voter sample of 65,160 respondents including 34,272 males and 30,888 females.

Notably, the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

(With IANS inputs)

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