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The Week magazine has joined the opinion poll fray with a set of predictions made for it by the pollster, C-Voter. The Congress, it says, will emerge the single largest party with 144 seats, with the BJP close behind at 140.

# 37 per cent of those interviewed felt Congress-led UPA can handle the issues before the nation better than the NDA; 27 per cent supported the NDA.

# Samajwadi Party 32, NCP 13, DMK and allies 13, Trinamool Congress 11, RJD-LJP 15, UDF two, National Conference three, and JMM one.

#JD(U) 18, Shiv Sena 12, Asom Gana Parishad five, Akali Dal five, RLD four, and INLD two.

# Left parties 33, BSP 29, AIADMK and allies 24, TDP/TRS 14, BJD nine, JDS two, HVM one, PRP two, and others nine.

The sample size, the polling dates, and other details are not known as per this report.

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