NEW DELHI: With six phases of Lok Sabha polls over, PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah exuded confidence that the ruling party would win over 300 seats and form the next government at the Centre with two-thirds majority.
Shah, in fact, said BJP had crossed the majority mark on its own steam after the six phases of polling .
“After the fifth and sixth phase of elections, it is evident that BJP is going to get majority and after the seventh phase, it is bound to cross 300 seats,” Shah said.
Modi was equally upbeat and told a rally in West Bengal, “BJP will get majority of the 42 parliamentary seats in the state and help it cross the 300-mark in Lok Sabha.” While the PM has often expressed confidence of his party returning to power, this was the first time he actually said BJP’s tally would cross 300, a significant improvement on the party’s haul of 282 seats in the 2014 elections.
The seventh and last phase of polling is due on May 19. A party needs to win 272 seats for absolute majority.
Addressing a press conference here, Shah said, “You (media) keep asking me how many seats we will win. I have travelled across the country and looking at the popular response, I am fully confident that BJP after fifth and sixth phase of elections has crossed the majority figure. It is going to cross 300 after the seventh phase and the NDA under PM Narendra Modi will form the government again.”
Mocking the proposed meeting of opposition leaders and moves by some regional parties like TRS to form a Federal Front, Shah said such meetings did not affect BJP whose tally of seats would not come down.
“They may meet to elect a leader of opposition but results even this time may not give any party enough number of seats to choose a leader of opposition from its ranks,” he added.
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