The BJP appears to have finally conceded that it may not be able to secure a majority on its own in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. BJP’s Ram Madhav said in a recent interview that his party may have to rely on coalition partners to prove majority in the parliament.
Bloomberg, which interviewed Ram Madhav, reported that the conservative forecast by Ram Madhav, the BJP’s national general secretary, is just short of a clear majority in the 543-seat parliament, and is far below what other party leaders including finance minister Arun Jaitley and party president Amit Shah have publicly claimed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party’s chief, Amit Shah, have been predicting a bigger win in 2019 than what the BJP achieved in 2014. Five years ago, the BJP had won 282 seats on its in the 543-seat Indian Parliament. It had swept polls in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
Last year, the BJP lost three states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, to the Congress after suffering defeats in the assembly polls.
“If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy,” Mr Madhav said in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in New Delhi on Saturday. “With NDA we will have a comfortable majority,” he said referring to the National Democratic Alliance.