Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani is not sure about absolute victory for his Hindu nationalist party in the ongoing general elections.
However, the 86-year old leader, who is seen as a threat to the premier frontrunner Narendra Modi, exuded confidence that an alliance led by the party would be able to cobble together New Delhi’s next government.
“I am unable to say if the BJP will get a clear majority,” Advani told reporters here Tuesday.
“But what I can say with confidence is that the National Democratic Alliance will manage to get the highest ever number of seats. You ask people on the streets. They‘ll tell you.”
Opinion polls predict the BJP-led NDA coalition of 14 center-right parties to emerge the largest grouping in the 543-member lower house of Parliament, short of a simple majority.
The veteran was here to campaign for his longtime protege O. Rajagopal, who is pitted against former UN diplomat and Congress candidate Shashi Tharoor seeking reelection from the Kerala state capital in a tight four-cornered fight.
“In 1989, our strength in the Lok Sabha increased from two to 86 seats. Since then, we have not looked back and since 1998, we ruled the country for six years,” he said, adding that the political situation now is similar to the post-Emergency era in 1977 when all the parties joined hands to defeat the Congress.