The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance is projected to form the government at the Centre with exit polls on Monday night giving between 249 and 290 seats to the Narendra Modi-led grouping, which is close to the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.
The ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was tipped to get between 101 and 148 seats while ‘others’, including regional parties and Left, were projected to get between 146 and 156 seats, according to the polls shown on TV channels at the end of the ninth and last phase of Lok Sabha polls.
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One of the polls, conducted by Today’s Chanakya for News24 channel, even projected 340 seats for NDA, 70 for UPA and 133 for others. The poll on Times Now, conducted by ORG, predicted that NDA would get 249 seats while UPA would bag 148 seats and ‘others’ 146 seats.
A poll conducted by CSDS for CNN-IBN gave NDA between 270 and 282 while UPA was projected to get between 92 and 102. The BJP alone was projected to get between 230 and 242 while Congress was projected to get between 72 and 82 by the same poll.
At Headlines Today, it was projected that NDA would get 272 (plus-minus 11), UPA would get 115 (plus-minus 5) and ‘others’ would get 156.
On the other hand, India TV gave NDA 289 seats and 101 for UPA and 153 for others. In the NDA, 249 seats were projected for BJP and 40 for its allies. In UPA, 78 seats were projected for Cong and 23 for its allies.
ABP’s News-Nielson poll projected a clear majority for NDA with 281 seats while UPA was projected to get 97. ‘Others’ were projected to bag 165 seats.