NDA will not get enough seats to form govt at Centre: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said that while the INDIA bloc may not get an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha elections, the NDA will not get enough seats either to form the government at the Centre.

Contrary to the hope expressed in the BJP’s slogan of ‘Abki baar 400-paar’, Siddaramaiah predicted that a “government minus BJP” would be formed at the Centre, as there is an “undercurrent” in the country “against” the saffron party.

“There will be no BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. There is an undercurrent in the nation. There is something called silent voter phenomenon. You will see when the results are out,” Siddaramaiah declared.

“According to my information, the survey connected with BJP shows that they will cross 200-plus seats. They will not come to power on their own,” the chief minister said.

“Post elections, there will be a re-alignment of political parties. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and other leaders of regional parties in the South will come together to form a government,” he said.

Explaining the reason behind BJP lacking the numbers this time, Siddaramaiah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not fulfill any poll promises since 2014. Also, unemployment and price rise are the two major issues today, he added.

Speaking about the Congress’s poll prospects in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah said the situation is favourable. “As far as Karnataka is concerned, it is favourable to us. We will retain the same vote share as in the last assembly elections. We will win 15 to 20 seats in Karnataka,” the CM said.