Indian opposition alliance to win majority: poll, Guardian writer scandalized

Supporter of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party wear masks of their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during an election rally in Chennai, April 14, 2014

NEW DELHI: India’s Hindu nationalist opposition party and its allies are on course to win an overall parliamentary majority in the world’s biggest election currently underway, according to a new poll.

The survey by the NDTV network forecast that the opposition alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win 275 seats in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, 16 more than predicted in the last survey a month ago.

The BJP, led by the hardliner Narendra Modi, would win 226 seats but it would avoid the need to find new coalition partners after results are announced on May 16. Its existing allies would push it over the 50 per cent threshold, according to the survey released late Monday…

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