BJP calculation for Maharashtra: 152 seats and Shiv Sena back on board

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 9 2014, 15:59pm hrs
Despite a high-pitch campaign against its leaders by the Shiv Sena, the BJP hopes its former ally will return after the election results.

According to a senior BJP leader, there was disappointment among voters over the breakup. But Sena leaders have started attacking Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. It has gone miserably wrong and has caused the voters to move towards us.

The BJP calculates that after the split, two-thirds of the combinations support base will stay with it. The BJP will get the majority because voters know we did not break the alliance. If Balasaheb (Thackeray) were alive, the alliance would have stayed intact, union minister Prakash Javadekar of the BJP said.

Party leaders say the Modi wave is still in motion and people will vote in Lok Sabha mode. A survey conducted by LensonNews, which BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao is associated with, has predicted that the BJP will get 28 per cent of the votes and 152 seats in combination with its smaller allies.

You wait and see, the Shiv Sena will be back into the coalition after the result. In fact, we are still in alliance, for the Sena remains part of the NDA, said a senior BJP leader.

The wave in favour of Modi is still alive. Besides, there is anger against the corruption in the Congress-NCP government and especially over arrogant statements made by leaders such as Ajit Pawar, said the BJP leader.

Party leaders say the absence of a chief ministerial candidate would not affect its prospects. In fact, neither of the coalitions had projected a chief ministerial candidate earlier, said a leader. BJP leaders said Prime Minister Modis praise for Devendra Fadnavis and Amit Shahs statement backing Pankaja Munde could be viewed as those leaders backing either as the chief minister.