Opposition steps up alliance efforts after Ram Madhav cast doubts over BJP’s ability to get the majority

A study in January predicted that the BJP’s tally in the Lok Sabha after the 2019 general election will drop to 252 — 20 seats short of an absolute majority and 30 short of its current strength in the Lower House. The Times Now-VMR poll predicted that the Congress-led UPA will bag 146 seats. The Samajwadi Party-BSP alliance 51 seats, Trinamool Congress 32 and Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party, 23 seats.

Months later in May, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav went against the party narrative to admit. However, this year it will fall short of winning an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. It will have to turn to allies to form the government if voted to power.

“If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy,” Madhav said in an interview to Bloomberg. “With NDA, we will have a comfortable majority. As politicians, we must remember that what we achieved last time, we may not repeat because of anti-incumbency.”

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