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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Polls See Hung Vote for Delhi

NEW DELHI, India -- India is headed for its third hung parliament in three years, according to opinion polls in two leading news magazines published over the weekend.

India will vote in late September or early October. The Week magazine said regional and leftist parties would hold the key to the next government.

It predicted a downturn in the fortunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, and its allies, who have hoped to cash in on a sympathy wave since they lost a confidence vote April 17.

No other political party could muster support to form an alternative government, leaving elections the only way out.

The magazine said the BJP and its allies would get between 213 and 228 seats, down from 252 seats.

The main opposition Congress party and its allies would emerge stronger with between 203 and 218 seats.

India Today magazine said the BJP and its allies would get between 220 and 232 seats, while the Congress and its allies would get between 191 and 203.

Both polls said voters overwhelmingly preferred a single-party government, and saw Congress as more capable of providing stable rule.