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BJP will get more than 280 seats, NDA's tally 300 plus: BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Dismissing his colleague Ram Madhav's assessment that the BJP will need the support of allies to form government, senior leader P says his party will get more than 280 seats while the NDA's tally will be 300 plus.

Regional leaders like BSP supremo Mayawati and are irrelevant in the national context, the BJP's told

Taking a potshot at Minister and her Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said everybody is thinking of becoming regardless of the numbers their parties might get in the elections.

Discussing Madhav's comment in a recent interview that the BJP will require the support of allies to form the next government, he said, My entire party does not agree with him. It is not me alone. My party president, my PM candidate and my party have expressed the opinions disagreeing... And I have also learnt that he has changed his view after his interview."

Rao said the BJP has got a clear advantage and this perception has increased phase by phase.

So, in my view, we will either not be less than 300 (with NDA allies) or 280 plus on our own, Rao said.

We will be calling it NDA government. In 2014 also, we formed the NDA government but we had our own majority. So the same situation will continue, he said.

Modi said in a rally in this week that the BJP will cross the 300 mark on its own.

According to Rao, the and opposition parties have been unable to put up a united front to fight the BJP.

Though they were desirous of giving a united fight, they could not translate it into action, the senior party functionary said ahead of the last round of the seven-phase election on May 19.

To a question on the party's probable tally in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats, Rao said the BJP is seen as a party with a "advantage".

Because of this, people think Mayawati is no choice for is no choice for Even the voters of these parties think... why should we vote for this party when they are not relevant in the Delhi context," he said.

Referring to the SP-BSP alliance in UP, Rao said their will not work in the state and the BJP will be able to improve its position in UP and the entire

I don't see a great deficit or shortfall (there), Rao said, when asked whether the BJP will be able to maintain its 2014 tally of 71 in

Reacting to KCR's reported statement that the next should be from south India, Rao said everybody is thinking of becoming the prime minister, whether or not they have the numbers.

When he (KCR) is saying so he must be having his own name (for becoming the PM). is contesting 42 seats in Bengal... She is also available for PM. So everybody is thinking (of becoming the pm), he said.

Rao said the party will get all the seats in this time too.

In a state like where we had 100 per cent seats, all 25, we cannot win more seats. So our entire effort is to retain that number and achieve that number again. With the kind of feedback we are getting in and Rajasthan, we will be able to get the same number if seats we had in 2014, he said.

The party got 27 of 29 seats in in the last

Talking about Bihar, he said Modi wave is at its peak in the state.

The feedback is our alliance is going to do very well in and we will be adding one or two seats to our previous result as we are going to do in Karnataka, Rao said.

BJP has joined hands with Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) and

Rao said the issues of corruption and the Rafale jet deal raked up by the and the opposition parties has gone against them.

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and all the opposition parties will realise this after May 23 results. I have gone to many parts of the country and there I have talked to people and there they are not willing to accept that Modi can be corrupt... So attacking him has not given any advantage to or to the entire opposition, Rao said.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 11:56 IST