Didn’t factor in ‘Modi charisma’, says Sanjay Kakade who predicted BJP loss in Gujarat

Pune: BJP MP Sanjay Kakade, who hogged the headlines for predicting a dismal show by his party in the Gujarat elections, had to eat his words after it won a majority in the 182-member state Assembly on Monday.

An embarrassed Kakade said he had not factored in the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “charisma” while making the prediction.

“We forgot to take into account the Modi charisma. Neither me nor my team factored that in our survey,” the Rajya Sabha member told reporters. “Modi’s charisma did the trick. Modi is the real hero and I am zero,” quipped Kakade, and said he is happy that his prediction has gone wrong. Because of the prime minister, the BJP has created history in Gujarat, Kakade told PTI.

Asked if his forecast amounted to anti-party activity, Kakade noted he had not said anything against the BJP.

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