March 23 (Reuters) - An alliance led by India’s Congress party is ahead in pre-election polling carried out by several organisations.
India holds a general election from April 16 to May 13, and the main battle will be between the Congress Party-led coalition, known as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Following are the results of the polls carried out by major media groups so far this year.
See also the Reuters weekly poll of analysts on [ID:nSP479817] The Star News Nielsen Poll (March 22)
1) UPA - 257
2) NDA - 184
3) LEFT FRONT - 34
4) BSP - 21
5) SP - 30
6) OTHERS - 47
2) THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWSPAPER (March 6)
UPA - 201
NDA - 195
LEFT FRONT - 40
BSP - 34
SP - 23 OTHERS - 50
3) DNA NEWSPAPER (Daily News and Analysis) ( March 9)
UPA - 201
NDA - 170
LEFT FRONT - - 22
BSP - 32
SP - 31
OTHERS - 87
4) THE CNN-IBN NEWS CHANNEL AND CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF DEVELOPING SOCIETIES (Feb 21)
UPA - 215-235
NDA - 165- 185
LEFT FRONT - 35- 45
BSP - N/A
SP - N/A
OTHERS - 90-110
# The counting of votes is on May 16.
# BSP - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a party of mainly lower caste voters led by Mayawati, the chief minister of the potentially swing state of Uttar Pradesh.
* LEFT FRONT - Communist or leftist parties that supported the government until last year but now are campaigning as an alternative to Congress and the BJP.
* SP - Samajwadi Party, an Uttar Pradesh-based party supporting the Congress-led government from outside but are yet to announce a poll tie up.
* The Star News Nielsen Poll includes the SP in the UPA.
* OTHERS - These are smaller parties which could hold the key to formation of the next government in India (Compiled by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by David Fox)