NEW DELHI: The NDA alliance is likely to emerge as the clear favourite to win the Bihar assembly elections by securing 160 of the 243 seats, according to an opinion poll released by Times Now-CVoter on Monday.
The survey, conducted on all 243-assembly seats of the state, predicted that the BJP is likely to emerge as the single-largest party by securing 85 seats. Its ally, the Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) will be the second-largest party with 70 seats.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the survey said, will secure 76 seats. Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD is likely to secure the largest number of seats within the alliance by securing 56 seats. The Indian National Congress will manage only 15 seats, the survey results showed.
The Lok Janshakti Party, which has fielded candidates on 143 seats, is likely to secure victory on only five seats, the survey said.
A party or an alliance needs 122 seats in the 143-seat assembly to secure a majority.
The Times Now-C-Voter survey covered all of Bihar’s assembly segments (243) and surveyed 12,843 people. The survey was conducted from October 1 to 10.
The Bihar legislative assembly election for the 243-seat assembly will be held in three phases from October 28 to November 7. The results for the election will be announced on November 10.
The elections will be conducted amid the Covid-19 pandemic with the necessary guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India.
In the NDA, Janata Dal (United) will contest on 115 seats, while the Bhartiya Janata Party has fielded candidates on 110 seats.
Lok JanShakti Party, which is in alliance with BJP at Centre, has given tickets to 143 candidates.
On the other hand, Mahagathbandhan (Bihar), Rashtriya Janata Dal will contest from 144 seats, followed by Congress which will contest on 70 seats.