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India's ruling party could be crushed in most populous state in general election - poll

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India's ruling party could be crushed in most populous state in general election - poll
FILE PHOTO: People walk inside the premises of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi, India, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo   -   Copyright  ANUSHREE FADNAVIS(Reuters)
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NEWDELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party could be crushed by an opposition alliance in the country’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh in a general election, which is due by May, according to an opinion poll released on Wednesday.

The India Today-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation poll forecast that the number of seats held by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an ally could plummet to just 5 from the 73 it won in the last election in 2014 if most of the opposition parties, including the Congress party, team up to take on Modi. That would mean they would have to agree on only one opposition candidate to fight the BJP in each constituency.

A recently formed alliance between three regional parties in the state could win 58 seats without Congress joining it, the poll showed. BJP and its ally would win 18 seats in that scenario and Congress would have 4.

Uttar Pradesh sends 80 lawmakers to the lower house of parliament, the most for any state in India.

A total of 2,478 people were polled in Uttar Pradesh, which has a population of about 220 million, for the survey.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal and Sudarshan Varadhan; Edited by Martin Howell)

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