The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will come back to power with 293-309 seats if snap Lok Sabha polls are held, a survey has claimed. The survey conducted by ABP News-Lokniti-CSDS said that the NDA will get 34 per cent of the vote share in case of a snap poll.
Citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity, the poll said that the Congress will double its tally compared to 2014. However with 127 seats it will be way behind the magic mark of 272.
The NDA's projected winning tally of 293-309 seats is about 30 seats down when compared to what it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, BJP alone won 282 seats, leading the NDA which in total captured 336 seats.
In another poll conducted by India Today Mood of the Nation, it was said that a snap poll will fetch the BJP 258. This is down from the 282 it won in 2014. The Congress led UPA on the other hand would win 202 seats with a vote share of 38 per cent, the poll also said.
Other parties may command a vote share of 22%, translating into 83 seats.
If NDA loses 30 seats out of 336 it won in 2014 elections, it means BJP may fall short of majority mark of 272, the survey found, according to ABP News-Lokniti-CSDS.
It said the slight dip in the BJP's popularity seems to be benefitting the Congress party the most, for now. The UPA is expected to bag 122-132 seats if polls were held today.
The NDA's performance is strongest in North India followed by western India. The UPA is far behind the NDA except in south India where it is getting almost double the seats of NDA, the poll also said. The NDA seems to be faring well in the Eastern states of India according to the poll.
The India Today poll found that, among the others India would like to see as the next Prime Minister, Priyanka Gandhi makes a surprise appearance at the third position (4%), followed by another woman leader - West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at 3%.