Survey predicts 12 seats for BJD, 7 for BJP in Odisha Lok Sabha polls



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A post-election survey by pollster GVL Narasimha Rao, released by news portal Lens On News on Tuesday, said the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha would bag 12 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

The survey gave 7 seats to BJP, 1 to Congress while predicting one seat would go to ‘Others’. The findings carry a margin of error of three percent, the survey report clarified. The report said the survey was conducted after each polling day during the staggered 10-phase election and covered a total of 40,000 voters across the country. According to its forecast, the BJP was set to win a record 253 seats in the Lok Sabha and the Congress just 66, its lowest ever tally.

It also predicted 303 seats for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In Odisha, the survey said BJP was likely to push the main opposition party Congress to the third place in the Lok Sabha polls. The survey indicated that the vote share of the BJD has slumped to 35% from 37% in 2009, while the BJP has registered a whopping 14% rise, up from 16% in 2009 to 30%. It, however, said  the Congress vote share in Odisha had fallen sharply to just 24%.

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