March 23, 2009 / 5:43 AM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX-Indian opinion polls before general election

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

NOTES:

# 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)

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