BJP to emerge single largest party in UP & Bihar in 2014: Survey

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Lucknow/Patna, Nov 2: The BJP is likely to bag 44 of the 120 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar if the Lok Sabha elections are held now, a pre-poll survey done by AC Nielsen for The Economic Times said a few days ago. The party has 23 seats from these two states now. The jump by 21 seats will also make the BJP the single largest party in these two states (27 in UP and 17 in Bihar).

The Congress, on the other hand, is likely to see a fall by 7 seats. In Uttar Pradesh, where the party had won 21 seats in the 2009 polls, its tally this time is set to go down to 12 while in Bihar it might see a rise by two seats to four.

According to the survey, both the big regional players in UP, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party might not see any improvement this time. While the BSP is likely to repeat its 20sit performance of 2009, the SP is likely to lose seven seats from its 2009 tally of 23.

The BJP is likely to get 44 out of 120 seats in these two key states

In Bihar, the JD(U)'s seats are predicted to go down by 10 (from 20) while the RJD may touch 5 this time, one more than what it had achieved in 2009.

On Modi vs Rahul debate

It was a complete rout for the latter with the polls showing that while in UP, 50 per cent of the people backed Modi, just 9 per cent backed Gandhi. In Bihar, the figure was 47-19 in favour of Modi. The remaining per cent of people in UP and Bihar backed other leaders like Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Nitish Kumar.

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