Mumbai: After Shiv Sena, Republican Party of India (A), an ally of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has claimed that the Modi wave is on the wane and ultimately this will affect the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP will not come to power in 2019 with a landslide victory. That’s the claim made by Ramdas Athawale, leader of RPI (A) and union minister of state. He claimed that BJP will lose around 40 seats in Lok Sabha poll. They currently have 282 seats. However, Athawale claimed the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will retain power, Both Sena and RPI are allies of NDA.
Athawale, while speaking to Free Press Journal, said, “In 2014, the situation was different. Now, the air has changed. Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were the states, which contributed in a major way towards BJP grabbing power from Congress.”
“I personally feel, if the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati come together (against BJP) in the next Lok Sabha election, the BJP will not gain as much in 2014 LS poll. But, BJP will win at least 50 LS seats in UP,” said Athawale. BJP won 71 seats in UP out of total 80 seats in 2014 LS poll.
“In Maharashtra, BJP won 23, Shiv Sena won 18 and one more seat of NDA was of Raju Shetti. It means NDA won 42 seats,” observed Athawale and claimed, “In 2019, the NDA will retain its seats in Maharashtra.” When asked about Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s plans to go alone in the polls, Athawale said he hoped the Sena would remain in NDA if Narendra Modi spoke with Uddhav. “It is the wish of Sena MPs that BJP should take initiative for the alliance and Modi speak with Thackeray,” he said.
Coming back to his point, Athawale said, “Though Modi has worked hard and has taken lot of decisions in favour of common people, the situation is different than in 2014. Hence, the BJP will lose at least 40 to 50 seats and will come down from existing 283 seats to 240-250.” Athawale also claimed the Congress will win at least 100 to 110 seats in the general elections. At present, Congress has 42 MPs in Lok Sabha.