BJP general secretary Ram Madhav predicted that with NDA, BJP will have a comfortable majority in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. For the first time, a senior BJP leader has forecasts it will require the support of allies to form India’s next government.
As for the first time the prospect of a coalition has been raised within BJP leadership, as the country heads into the final two weeks of its marathon election campaign. His prediction makes to believe that bjp is expecting just short of a clear majority in the 543-seat parliament.
However, BJP president Amit Shah, finance minister Arun Jaitley and other senior party leaders are claiming that BJP on its own will get absolute majority.
“If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy,” Madhav said in an interview. “With NDA we will have a comfortable majority,” he said referring to the National Democratic Alliance.
The party will make up expected losses in the north Indian states it swept in 2014 with new gains in the country’s remote northeast, as well as in the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha, Madhav said.
“We have expanded in eastern India very well — if similar effort had been put into south India also, probably we would have been more comfortable,” Madhav said. “As politicians, we must remember that what we achieved last time, we may not repeat because of anti-incumbency.”