UPA ahead in Indian Lok Sabha ElectionsMay 16th, 2009 - 4:42 pm ICT by GD
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) which is the ruling coalition in India at present is already surging ahead of the other political parties and alliances in the recent elections. The UPA has already gained a lead in more than 159 of the total of 346 Lok Sabha constituencies. The UPA is led by the Congress party. The exit polls had indicated that the UPA was once again likely to come to power, but it now seems that the UPA has performed even better than the exit polls indications. The NDA Alliance, (National Democratic Alliance) which is led by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is ahead in 107 seats. The Lok Sabha has a total of 545 seats, of which elections are held for 543 seats. The third front, which is mainly made up of the Communist party and the regional parties is ahead in only 54 seats.
Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest number of constituencies, is throwing up a surprise this time. The state is currently ruled by the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) and the main opposition party here is the SP (Samajwadi Party). However, dramatically enough, the two strong parties BSP and SP are losing out to the BJP and the Congress. So much so that even popular Bollywood actress Jaya Prada is losing out Noor Bano of the Congress.
The BSP and the SP are two of the key members of the Third Front. The chances of the Third Front coming to power are thus increasingly becoming nil.
Election Commission sources have also revealed that the SP and the RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) were ahead in 19 seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Other smaller parties were leading in 5 seats elsewhere in the country.
The Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) were on the winning track in 19 seats, all in populous Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Smaller parties were ahead in five seats across the country.
Some of the well known candidates to have won so far are Renuka Chowdhury, P. Chidamabaram and Kamal Nath, all Central Ministers under the present Congress led UPA government. Also among the high profile candidates are Rajnath Singh, the president of the BJP, and H.D. Deve Gowda, a former Prime Minister and the leader of the Janata Dal.
In Kerala, a communist stronghold for many years, the communists are seen to be losing out to the UDF (United Democratic Front) which is led by the Congress. In another Left stronghold, West Bengal, the communists are once more trailing behind.
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