Admission Of Defeat: NDA Allies, BJP Leader Openly Suggest Majority Is Difficult For BJP
What we achieved last time, we may not repeat because of anti-incumbency: Ram Madhav
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are showing clear signs of nervousness while all the phases of polling are not over yet. The party’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav has indicated that getting a majority alone might not be possible for the BJP due to the “anti-incumbency” factor.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Madhav said, “If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy… With NDA we will have a comfortable majority.”
This is a clear deviation from what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president Amit Shah have publicly claimed about their election result prospects.
Madhav reportedly suggested that the saffron party will make up expected losses in the north Indian states that it had swept in 2014, with new gains in the northeast states, as well as in West Bengal and Odisha. He told Bloomberg News, “As politicians, we must remember that what we achieved last time, we may not repeat because of anti-incumbency.”
HTN Tiranga TV reported that senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral said the BJP tally could go below the majority mark this time as it will not be able to match its 2014 performance and end up losing most of the seats to the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh. He even hinted that the next NDA leader needs to be more accommodative and suggested that the BJP at the Centre will have to give more space to allies if it comes to power again.
Gujral told PTI, “…When no party has a majority, whoever is Prime Minister has to carry along everybody and that is healthy for democracy. And that way all regions also get better justice.”
Similarly, Purva Chitnis reporting for NDTV wrote that Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut indicated that the current scenario is different from that of 2014, when BJP had achieved a clear majority on its own. Raut told NDTV, “The statement (by Ram Madhav) rings true. This is what I currently sense in the country. The National Democratic Alliance will form the government with the BJP as the single-largest party, but it will be somewhat difficult for the BJP to win 280-plus votes.”
Raut added that the Opposition alliances across the country would deprive the BJP of a clear majority. He said that regional parties will emerge stronger. He reportedly said, “We do believe that the National Democratic Alliance will cross the 300 mark but the BJP will fall short due to this very reason.”
Congress and Its Allies
On May 9, Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)] leader Gulam Rasool Baliyavi told CNN News18 that NDA will not be able to get a majority after May 23. He also reportedly said that the NDA was getting votes in Bihar due to the work of the chief minister and not PM Modi’s face. Baliyavi underlined that if NDA forms the government at the Centre, it must project Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate.
The JD (U) leader reportedly said, “… He (Nitish Kumar) is probably the biggest loser in the entire bargain… Now the latest development is that even TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) is inching towards the Congress party. So that means that the NDA is on the downslide and the Congress party has been gaining day in day out. And therefore it’s clear that Mr Modi is clearly not becoming the Prime Minister. ”
Congress spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa told HTN, “I think the fact that Mr Modi is now attacking Mr Rajiv Gandhi who has died almost 30 years ago… is itself an indication that they are not coming to power.”
Kalappa added, “If the PM was speaking of current issues and the way the narrative is being built up that the PM can’t speak of current issues, he has to speak about issues which are 30 years old and 28 years old that means that the PM has really lost the entire match. And therefore he is… somehow trying to divert the attention of the people. And that itself is a big indication that Mr. Modi is on his way out.”
‘The very fact that the PM has to attack Rajiv Gandhi and raise issues that are 30 years old shows BJP is not coming back to power’, Congress’s @brijeshkalappa tells Tiranga TV#LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/7pbz2p1DiB
— HTN Tiranga TV (@NewsHtn) May 11, 2019