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'Didi to retain Bengal, LDF Kerala; tough fight in Assam, DMK back in TN' : Opinion poll
Courtesy : Times Of India (TOI)
'Didi to retain Bengal, LDF Kerala; tough fight in Assam, DMK back in TN' : Opinion poll

NEW DELHI : As per Times of India (TOI), the Trinamool Congress will scrape past the majority mark in West Bengal but will face stiff competition from the BJP while the DMK-Congress alliance will topple the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, according to the latest opinion poll released by Times Now-CVoter for the poll-bound states.

In Kerala, the opinion poll predicted that the ruling LDF will manage to retain power while in Puducherry, which is under President's rule, the NDA will make a return.

West Bengal According to the Times Now-CVoter opinion poll, the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will see a significant dip in its seat share but will manage to form the government by winning 160 seats in the 294-member assembly.

In 2016, the ruling party had won 211 seats. Meanwhile, the BJP, which is the principal challenger this year, will make major gains in the state and win 112 seats. This is a major surge from its tally of just 3 seats in the 2016 elections.

The opinion poll also predicted major losses for the Congress and Left, which are contesting the elections together. It said that Congress-Left-ISF alliance will collectively bag just 22 seats in the assembly. However, according to the polls, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee continues to be the most popular leader in the state. Nearly 55% of the respondents said that the TMC chief is their preferred choice for the top post. She was followed by BJP leaders Dilip Ghosh (32.3%) and Mukul Roy (6.5%).

Tamil Nadu : The opinion poll predicted that the DMK-Congress alliance is all set to storm back to power in the southern state, winning 177 seats in the 234-member assembly. It predicted that ruling AIADMK-BJP alliance will see a big dip in its seat share tally and will manage to win just 49 seats this year, down from 136 in 2016.

The opinion poll also projected three seats apiece for the debutant Kamal Haasan-led MNM and TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK. The respondents also voted in favour of DMK chief MK Stalin as their preferred choice of chief minister. Stalin got 43.1% of the votes while incumbent CM E K Palaniswami got just 29.7% of the votes.

Assam Assam is set to witness a close fight between the NDA and UPA, with the BJP-led alliance winning by a thin margin, according to the projections. The opinion poll has projected 69 seats for the ruling NDA in the 126-member assembly and 56 for the Congress-led UPA.

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