Opinion poll says LDF will return to power in Kerala with 86 seats

Saturday, Apr 2, 2016,12:30 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi: An opinion poll conducted by India TV, in collaboration with C-Voter, projects the Left Democratic Front to return to power in Kerala with a comfortable majority.

The results of the survey, broadcast by news channels, show that LDF will win 86 seats in the 140-member Kerala Assembly. LDF currently has 68 members.

The ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front, which currently has 72 seats, is projected to get only 53 seats.

The opinion poll predicts the possibility of the BJP-led NDA alliance opening its account in Kerala Assembly with one seat.

It is the NDA which will make a quantum leap in its vote share, from 6.1% votes it won in 2011 to 10% in 2016, a rise of 3.9%.

The UDF will lose power as it is the party to face a major setback in its vote share, losing 4.5% votes — from 45.8% in 2011 to 41.3% in 2016.

Despite a significant advantage in number of seats, the LDF vote share of 43.6% in 2011 is predicted to increase only by .2%.

The opinion poll was carried out among a cross-section of voters from all the five poll-bound states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry, covering a period of four weeks in March.

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK are predicted to retain power, while it will be a hung Assembly in Assam, with slight edge for BJP, according to the survey.