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Indian PM's ruling group likely to fall short of parliament majority - poll

Indian PM's ruling group likely to fall short of parliament majority - poll
FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks with the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session, in New Delhi, India, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo   -   Copyright  Adnan Abidi(Reuters)
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NEWDELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition will emerge as the largest group in a parliamentary election expected in the next few months but will fall short of a majority required to rule, a new nationwide survey showed on Thursday.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance is forecast to win 233 parliament seats of the 543 at stake, the poll by ABP News-C Voter said, short of the half-way mark of 272.

Modi, who swept to power in 2014 with the biggest majority seen in India in decades, is facing public discontent over a lack of jobs and a weak farm economy. No date has yet been announced for the election, which must be held by May.

(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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