BJP allies unsure of majority

NEW DELHI, MAY 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/11/2019 11:50:30 AM IST

Opinions seem divided about the Lok Sabha elections results 2019 among partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). 

Important NDA allies-- JD(U), Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal have categorically stated that NDA will not be able to get majority after May 23. Of the major NDA allies, Chandrababu Naidu led- TDP has already walked out. It had 15 MPs in the outgoing Lok Sabha.

However, on the other hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi was confident that the BJP and the allies will get more seats than it has now.

“We will get full majority and give a strong government. We are getting more seats even in places where BJP was not there,” Modi said on Friday while responding to a question on regional parties cobbling up to form the ‘Third Front’.

JD(U): Gulam Rasool Baliyavi, a legislator of Janata Dal-United, which is an important ally of the BJP-led NDA in Bihar, said the coalition will fall short of a majority in Lok Sabha after elections. Baliyavi also said the NDA must project chief minister Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate.

Shiv Sena: Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that it looks a “bit difficult” for the BJP to reach the 280-seat mark as it did in the 2014 polls.

The Shiv Sena has questioned the BJP’s ability to win an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, and said it would have to depend on allies to form the next government.

“What Ram Madhav says is right. The NDA will form the next government. The BJP will be the single largest party. As of now it looks a bit difficult for the BJP to reach the 280-282 figure on its own but our NDA “parivar” (family) will cross the majority mark,” Raut told a TV channel.

SAD: Calling himself a realist, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and BJP ally Naresh Gujral says nobody will get an absolute majority in the elections and whoever is prime minister must carry everybody along for a healthy democracy. While the saffron party may not get a majority, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will sail through, said Gujral, who represents one of the BJP’s oldest allies in Parliament.

“I am a realist…and I believe that nobody will get an absolute majority but NDA will sail through and will form a stable government,” Gujral told PTI.

Asked who will lead the alliance if the BJP falls short of a majority, the Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab said it is for the party to decide who will be their leader.

“This is their prerogative… whoever they elect, we will be comfortable with him,” said the son of erstwhile Janata Dal leader and former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.

On May 6, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, in an interview to Bloomberg, had said that “if we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy” and that “with NDA, we will have a comfortable majority”. He, however, added that the loses would be recovered from states such as West Bengal and Odisha where the BJP “expanded” well. 

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari differed with the opinion of his party colleague Ram

Madhav that the BJP could fall short of numbers in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and asserted that it will get more than 300 seats.

In an interview to IANS here, Gadkari maintained that he was not in the race for the Prime

Ministership and that Narendra Modi will again assume the top post.

He expressed confidence that the BJP would get clear majority on the basis of the “good performance” of the Modi government over the last five years.

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