Poll shows India's Modi-led coalition could come close to majority

PM Narendra Modi's National Democratic Alliance could win 264 seats in the election compared to 141 for the Congress party-led opposition alliance.
PM Narendra Modi's National Democratic Alliance could win 264 seats in the election compared to 141 for the Congress party-led opposition alliance.PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's ruling party alliance is likely to come within a few seats of winning a simple majority in Parliament in the general election set to start on April 11, a nationwide opinion poll has shown.

The National Democratic Alliance coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party could win 264 seats in the election compared to 141 for the Congress party-led opposition alliance, according to the CVoter opinion poll televised on a local channel on Sunday (March 10).

A total of 543 seats are up for grabs in the election.

Results of the opinion poll were released following the announcement of the election schedule.