Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said the greater NDA, which Atal Bihari Vajpayee had formed, should comprise regional parties which occupy the non-Congress space in their states.

The opinion polls, he said, projected the BJP as the front-runner and current indications show that it could surpass its previous highest tally of 183 seats. The number of Congress MPs may actually be in two digits, he said.

"Who then forms the Government? Is there any contender other than the BJP and the NDA? In terms of these indications, it should lead to a government of greater NDA which Atalji had formed. A number of parties who constituted the greater NDA are poised to do well,” he said.

"The greater NDA should in addition to the existing NDA parties comprise of regional parties which occupy the non-Congress space in their states," he added.

Ruling out a third-front government, he said the possibility of smaller parties "cobbling up" a group can never provide a stable government. In any case, their numbers don’t add up, he said, adding that the possibility of all these parties joining hands is "impossible".

"The AIADMK and DMK cannot be on the same side. The TMC and the Left cannot be on the same side. The BSP and the Samajwadi Party cannot be together," he said.

He underlined that many parties, which occupy the non-BJP and the non-Left space in their states, appear to be getting a significant tally. The AIADMK is poised to get a number of seats while TDP is re-emerging and consolidating its vote-bank, he said.

The BJD is substantially holding on and TMC is improving its current tally, he said.

(Agencies)

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