BJP will get more than 280 seats, NDA’s tally 300 plus, says P Muralidhar Rao



Dismissing his colleague Ram Madhavs assessment that the BJP will need the support of allies to form government, senior leader P Muralidhar Rao says his party will get more than 280 seats while the NDAs tally will be 300 plus. Regional leaders like BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav are irrelevant in the national context, the BJPs national general secretary told PTI. Taking a potshot at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said everybody is thinking of becoming prime minister regardless of the numbers their parties might get in the elections. Discussing Madhavs comment in a recent interview that the BJP will require the support of allies to form the next government, he said, It is not me alone. My party president, my PM candidate and my party have expressed the opinions disagreeing. And I have also learnt that he has changed his view after his interview. Also read: In 2014 also, we formed the NDA government but we had our own majority. So the same situation will continue, Modi said in a rally in Bihar this week that the BJP will cross the 300 mark on its own. According to Rao, the Congress and opposition parties have been unable to put up a united front to fight the BJP. To a question on the partys probable tally in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, Rao said the BJP is seen as a party with a Delhi advantage. Akhilesh Yadav is no choice for Delhi. Even the voters of these parties think. why should we vote for this party when they are not relevant in the Delhi context, he said. Referring to the SP-BSP alliance in UP, Rao said their politics will not work in the state and the BJP will be able to improve its position in UP and the entire north India. Reacting to KCRs reported statement that the next prime minister should be from south India, Rao said everybody is thinking of becoming the prime minister, whether or not they have the numbers. Mamata Banerjee is contesting 42 seats in Bengal. She is also available for PM. So everybody is thinking (of becoming the pm), Rao said the party will get all the seats in Rajasthan this time too. So our entire effort is to retain that number and achieve that number again. With the kind of feedback we are getting in MP and Rajasthan, we will be able to get the same number if seats we had in 2014, The party got 27 of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh in the last general election. Talking about Bihar, he said Modi wave is at its peak in the state. BJP has joined hands with Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) and Ram Vilas Paswans Lok Janshakti Party in Bihar. Rao said the issues of corruption and the Rafale jet deal raked up by the Congress and the opposition parties has gone against them. I have gone to many parts of the country and there I have talked to people and there they are not willing to accept that Modi can be corrupt. So attacking him has not given any advantage to Congress or to the entire opposition,