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|September 25, 1999||
NDA needs just 37 seats more, says DD exit poll
The Doordarshan exit poll tonight predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance would get 235 of the 418 Lok Sabha seats for which polling has been completed so far, leaving it just 37 seats short of a majority in the 545-member house.
Polling is yet to take place in 125 constituencies, including four where the election was postponed, during the last phase on October 3.
According to the exit poll, conducted by Development and Research Services with a sample of 28,000 voters from 124 constituencies, the Congress and its partners are expected to get 145 seats followed by other parties with 38.
According to the exit poll, in all four phases of the election so far, the NDA is expected to get more than 50 per cent of the seats at stake.
The projections indicated that both the NDA and the Congress and its allies would benefit by a positive swing of four percentage points, polling 43 per cent and 36 per cent of the votes, respectively.
Other parties are predicted to get 21 per cent of the votes polled.
Of the 74 seats for which polling was held today in the fourth phase, the exit poll gave the NDA 44, followed by 19 for the Congress and its allies and 11 for the rest.
In reply to a question, 47 per cent of the voters in Uttar Pradesh covered by the exit poll favoured the continuance of the BJP government headed by Kalyan Singh, while a close 45 per cent wanted a change.
In Andhra Pradesh, 63 per cent of the voters were satisfied with the government of N Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party, while only 28 per cent were unhappy.
But the seat projections for the 294-member assembly presented a confusing scene. According to one possibility, which gives 46 per cent of the votes to the TDP and 44 per cent to the Congress, the ruling party is expected to get 162 seats, followed by the Congress with 114. In the second possibility, the TDP is given only 114 seats with 44 per cent of the votes and the Congress 158 seats with 46 per cent.
The exit poll indicated a strong anti-establishment feeling in Bihar ruled by the Rashtriya Janata Dal of Laloo Prasad Yadav. While 62 per cent wanted a change, only 33 per cent voters were content.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is expected to get 21 of the 38 seats covered so far and the Congress 17.
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