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Athavale's poll prediction creates a flutter in 'Camp BJP'

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
By A Special Correspondent

With the final phase of the Lok Sabha election remaining, the restlessness and anxiety among the people are soaring. Against the backdrop of this precarious situation, the Union Minister Ramdas Athavale yesterday said that the BJP will win fewer seats in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh than what it had secured in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. This has created flutter in to the saffron camp.

According to Athavale, BJP will lose 5 to 6 seats which it had won in 2014 in the state. In the last election, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had performed well and managed to 42 out of 48 seats in the state. The minister who is also president of Republican Party of India (RPI) however, noted that in last general election, Raju Shetty of Swabhimaani Shetkari Sanghata was with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance but this time he is supporting Congress-NCP combine.

“The BJP will make up for the losses in Maharashtra by winning a number of seats in West Bengal and Odisha, which will make a smooth sailing for Narendra Modi to the Prime Minister's post once again,” the RPI chief added further.

Significantly, Athavale has even reservations about Uttar Pradesh. As per his predictions, the BJP could lose 10-15 seats in Uttar Pradesh due to the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance.

It may be recalled that in 2014, BJP and its allies Apna Dal had won 73 out of 80 seats at stake in Uttar Pradesh with the SP, BSP and RLD fighting separately. But the three parties joined hands before the Lok Sabha election 2019 and are hopeful of making a dent in the BJP seat tally.

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