New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lead the ruling NDA alliance’s return to power, albeit with a wafer thin majority, an average of four opinion polls has indicated amid signs of BJP campaign’s focus on national security appearing to trump concerns over jobs and farm distress.
With just two days left for the first phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls to kick off on Thursday, the poll of polls — an average of four major opinion polls — predicted that the NDA coalition may win 273 of the 543 Parliament seats at stake, one more than the halfway mark, with the BJP bagging 228 seats on its own.
In 2014 election, the alliance had won 336 seats — the biggest mandate in three decades.
The BJP had won 282 seats on its own. Opinion polls also predict that Rahul Gandhi-led Congress may double its dismal 2014 tally to 88 seats.
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