If the findings of Intelligence Bureau (IB) are to be believed, prior to surfacing of reports of rifts within the saffron family, the party, according to several poll surveys was in a position to gain over 200 seats on its own.

However, the discontent within party ranks, which is apparently widening day-by-day, may leave it with only 180-185 seats, a marginal drop from the previous estimate.

In such a scenario, it would be a pretty challenging job for Narendra Modi to move along with the new allies and the BJP would be more under compulsion of sorts.

According to a senior IB official, the BJP seemed to be getting around 205-230 seats before the ticket distribution. But several senior leaders’ displeasure over ticket distribution may put cold water on the projection of getting 205-230 seats.  

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Sushma Swaraj vehemently opposed the inclusion of tainted leaders in the party fold.

If this was not enough, veteran party leader and former deputy prime minister LK Advani adopted an adamant stance towards the choice of seat to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Besides, other party seniors like Jaswant Singh, Lalmuni Chaubey and Harin Pathak also expressed displeasure over the party’s decision denying tickets and turned rebellious. All these developments have undoubtedly served a ‘blow’ to BJP’s image among the common man.

The IB has also estimated the winnability of those candidates who got tickets to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to the report, the political equation is not in favour of BJP candidates on several seats.

It’s being said that BJP may have to face a loss of around 15-20 seats and if the party’s final score settles at 180-185, this would also lessen NDA’s overall tally.

(JPN/Bureau)

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