Opinion poll gives Bihar, Maharashtra to NDA, Bengal to TMC
NEW DELHI: It’s advantage NDA in Bihar and Maharashtra, good news for the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and bad news for the UPA and Nitish Kumar in these states, an opinion poll done for a TV channel predicted on Friday.
The poll, done by AC Nielsen for ABP News, predicted that the BJP-Shiv Sena combine will win 31 of 48 seats in Maharashtra, with the BJP winning 19 and the Sena 12. The UPA will win 13 seats, the Congress getting eight and NCP five, it predicted. AAP, which was shown by the same poll last month as winning one seat in the state, is now estimated to get none. That leaves one seat for the MNS and three for others.
In Bihar, the BJP-LJP alliance is projected to win 21 of the state’s 40 seats, the Congress-RJD alliance to get 12 and the JD(U) just six, leaving one for others. The break-up of seats between alliance partners was not available.
In West Bengal, the ABP poll suggested that the Trinamool Congress would win 28 seats, the Left 10, Congress three and BJP one.
In both Maharashtra and West Bengal, the projected vote shares have seen very minor variations over the three rounds of polls in January, February and March. However, AAP’s projected vote share in Maharashtra has come down from 9% in January to 6% in February and 4% in the latest round.