“The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has a target of more than 272 seats in the elections, ‘was not there’ in 215 of 543 constituencies. Of the remaining about 330 seats, they expect to win 272 seats. It is nonsensical," Sibal said on Monday.

“Going by the normal rate of success in an election, the BJP could win 120-130 seats,” he added.

Contending that the BJP was weak in states like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the northeastern region, Sibal said there was no wave in India in favour of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

He, however, said he was not taking any of his opponents lightly.

Sibal, who defeated BJP’s Vijender Gupta in the 2009 general election, will this time lock horns with BJP’s Harsh Vardhan and AAP’s Ashutosh.

(JPN/Agencies)

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