Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Thursday predicted that his party will win more than 130 of the 224 constituencies in Karnataka —higher than the 113 needed for a simple majority but short of the 150 targeted by his party.
“We will win 130-plus seats,” Shah said in the party’s last press conference before the 12 May polls. Unwilling to concede that the party had downsized its earlier estimates, Shah said more than 130 could also be 150.
With the elections just ahead, Shah’s estimates are closer to reality than what the party had originally hoped for in the build-up to the polls since mid-last year. The BJP had set itself a target of a record 150-plus seats (Mission 150).
All the three main political parties in the state are confident of crossing the halfway mark of 112 on their own and have ruled out any post-poll alliance. But with most poll surveys indicating a fractured verdict on 15 May, the possibility of alliances has increased in Karnataka, where no government since 1985 has been voted back.
Shah made similar predictions ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat and Tripura. In Gujarat, Shah said the BJP would win 150 seats but the party had to settle for 99, one of its lowest tallies in the recent elections in the state, even though it went on to form the governmen