New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday turned election predictor and claimed that the BJP would not win more than 215 seats in the 2019 General Elections.
Taking to Twitter, the AAP leader said, “Met several people in last few days. Consensus amongst all – BJP getting less than 215 seats, unemployment biggest problem, youth worried abt its future, middle class very disenchanted wid BJP.”
Kejriwal’s prediction come two weeks after BJP President Amit Shah in an interview with Hindustan Times said that the BJP would win more seats in 2019 than they did in 2014.
Shah said that from 2014, the BJP has been working in the south Indian and northeastern states. “In Odisha, we did well in local elections; in West Bengal, the number of wards under us has increased; we have made gains in Telangana; and in Kerala. We are gaining in every state in the north-east,” Shah said.
Shah also did not rule out the possibility of opposition parties uniting against the BJP in 2019. “If we expand, naturally, we have to fight in every state. In 2014, we had six governments. If we go with 22 governments in 2019, we will have to fight in 22 states,” he said, adding that while it was necessary for an opposition to exist in a democracy, it was not the responsibility of the BJP.
Shah even made his maiden Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The Union Budget, however, did not go well with the middle class, and the stock markets crashed by 800 points a day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the annual document.
BJP ally Shiv Sena, which has been at loggerheads with the Narendra Modi-led government, even lashed out at the document, claiming that it was a clear indication that the Centre was alarmed by the Gujarat poll result and realised that the rural population was moving away from it, the Shiv Sena said today.
The saffron party, in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had had merely repackaged old schemes as new in his budget presentation yesterday.