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Opinion poll says BJP alliances to gain in Bihar, Maharashtra


New Delhi: The recently-forged alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Lok Janshakti Party is likely to emerge as the largest gainer in Bihar, cornering 21 out of 40 parliamentary seats and reducing the seats of the ruling Janta Dal (United) to six, according to an opinion poll by ABP News-Nielson.

The BJP, which won 11 seats in Bihar last time, is likely to emerge as the largest party in the state with 19 seats. Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP is likely to bag two seats.

As per the ABP News-Nielsen opinion poll, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) is likely to face the heat of its break-up with BJP in the state, as its seat is expected to reduce from 20 seats in 2009 general elections.

According to the opinion poll Lalu Yadav’s RJD likely to get 10 seats, while its alliance partner Congress is likely to two. .

MAHARASTRA The BJP is likely to bag 19 seats in Maharashtra in 2014 against nine in 2009 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress’ tally is likely to shrink to eight seats from 17 seats in 2009 polls, according to the poll.

As per the ABP News-Nielsen opinion poll, the NCP is likely to get five seats in Maharashtra and Shiv Sena predicted to get around 12 seats. The Maharashtra Navanirvan Sena is likely to get only one seat. .

WEST BENGAL In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress is likely to emerge as the largest party with 28 seats, according to the opinion poll. It’s a major gain for the Trinamool as the party had 19 seats in West Bengal in 2009. The Left parties are likely to get 10 seats, compared with 15 in 2009.

The  Congress predicted to get three seats, compared with 6 in 2009 polls. The BJP likely to get one seat. The opinion poll was conducted in three states in 129 parliamentary constituencies with a total 29,453 respondents.