While the BJP is jubilant over Gujarat CM and Hindutva poster boy Narendra Modi being declared as their prime ministerial nominee, its ally, the Shiv Sena, has said that coming to power in Delhi is impossible unless NDA secures more allies and increases its Lok Sabha tally in crucial states.
“The NDA is politically weak. The BJP’s only friends are Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Akali Dal in Punjab. The number of allies will have to be increased and without it, no one will be able to dream of coming to power in Delhi,” said Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut in his weekly column in the party mouthpiece Saamna on Sunday.
Raut noted that the BJP, which won 116 seats in 2009, needed to notch up victories in at least 100 more segments and also increase its tally in Maharashtra. BJP has a presence in 387 of 543 Lok Sabha seats. He has warned that NDA can come to power only if Modi can win over allies in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra, which have a significant Muslim presence.
Raut said BJP had to “start from scratch” in states accounting for 267 Lok Sabha seats. Moreover, BJP had no allies in Uttar Pradesh which had 80 Lok Sabha seats. The Hindutva surge in the post-Ayodhya era led to BJP cornering over 60 states and helped it win power in Delhi.
Raut said that when Modi was announced as the PM nominee, it was celebrated as if he had become the prime minister and Modi’s body language was as if he had just taken oath of office. “I have begun feeling that Modi’s self-confidence will ensure his success,” he added.