2014 Lok Sabha exit polls: Narendra Modi led BJP & allies may get 220 seats

January 25, 2014, By Anupam Jolly

The upcoming Lok Sabha Elections in India, could see the second largest political party of the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), come back to power, if the opinions polls conducted by several Indian media houses, which surfaced on January 24, 2014, are to be believed.

2014 Lok Sabha exit polls: Narendra Modi led BJP & allies may get 220 seats


The currently ruling, and the largest political party of the country, Indian National Congress, is also expected to end up with their worst performance to date.

The most recent survey, which was conducted by CSDS for CNN-IBN, suggests that the BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) could win more than 220 seats, and hence will be just 52 seats short of forming a government in the country.

According to the survey, Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance), the current ruling party in India, will have less than 125 seats and hence will end up being the biggest opposition party.

The success of the BJP and NDA can be attributed to the popularity of the political party’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Mr. Narendra Modi, who the people of the country want to see as the next Prime Minister.

According to the surveys, BJP is expected to get around 210 seats, which is a marked increase since the 2009 general elections in the country, where the party won just 116 seats.

Although the NDA is expected to capitalize on the failure of the second tenure of UPA in the country, the party will still not be able to get to 272 seats, the minimum number it needs to form a government in the country.

However, with neither NDA nor the UPA reaching close to the majority, NDA will have to get support from regional parties, which according to the surveys will do quite well.

Apart from a near whitewash for Congress and UPA, the surveys also suggest that the people of the country definitely are more inclined to see Mr. Narendra Modi as their next Prime Minister, instead of Congress’ Rahul Gandhi.

Although the Indian National Congress hasn’t come up with the name of their Prime Ministerial candidate, media houses in the country believe that the responsibility is expected to be given to none other than Mr. Rahul Gandhi, the son of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the President of the Indian National Congress.

The recently formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also projected to win a few seats, but isn’t expected to come up with a performance similar to the one the political party did in the recently concluded Legislative Assembly elections in the country’s capital, Delhi.

On the leadership front, the surveys suggest that 34% of the respondents prefer to see Mr. Modi as the next Prime Minister of the country, with 15% going with Mr. Gandhi and 5% interested in seeing Mrs. Sonia Gandhi as the new PM.

Related reading