New Delhi: With more than half of India having voted, political players have begun to hunt seriously for new allies as they anticipate one of the most splintered parliaments ever.
Almost everyone admits that no single political party is in a position to win even 170 seats in the 545-member Lok Sabha. This is far less than the 272 needed to form a government. Even the coalitions led by the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - the two main parties - may not be able to get the magic number.
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