March 10, 2019 / 2:02 PM / 6 months ago

Poll shows Modi-led coalition could come close to majority - TV

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a business symposium in Seoul, South Korea, February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s ruling party alliance was likely to come within a few seats of winning a simple majority in parliament at the general election set to start on April 11, a nationwide opinion poll has shown.

The coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance could win 264 seats in the election compared to 141 for the Congress party-led opposition alliance, according to the CVoter opinion poll televised on a local channel on Sunday. A total of 543 seats are up for grabs in the election.

Results of the opinion poll were released following the announcement of the election schedule.

Reporting by Zeba Siddiqui and Aftab Ahmed; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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