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Exit polls show Congress, BJP neck to neck in race for next Indian government
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14:08, May 14, 2009

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Exit polls at the end of the final round of polls in Indian general elections Wednesday showed that the Congress party and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were running neck-to-neck, while the Third Force has won one fifth of the votes.

Major Indian TV channels said in their exit polls that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was slightly ahead of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The Star News gave 199 seats to UPA, out of 543 seats of the Lok Sabha or lower house of parliament, while the NDA will have 196. The Third Front will obtain 100 seats, and others 48.

The CNN-IBN estimated the UPA would obtain 185 to 205 seats, the NDA 165 to 185, Third Force 110 to 130 and others 25 to 35.

The NDTV said UPA would slightly lead others. The Headlines Today channel gave Congress and its allies 191 seats, BJP and its allies 180, Left parties 38, and others 134.

India TV said the UPA could get 195 seats and NDA 189 seats.


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