Poll defeat in three states has done away with complacency in BJP: Dr Swamy

NEW DELHI: Trying to make some plain speaking, BJP leader and former Union Minister Subramanian Swamy has said that the recent defeat in three Hindi-heartland states will help the party emerge out of the ‘complacency’ and restart working for the all important win in 2019.
“I think that the Congress has won a battle and as a consequence will lose the war. Defeat of BJP in the recent Assembly elections has woken up the complacent in our party,” BJP leader tweeted.
He also wrote: “With defeat staring in our face, there is new determination to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election”.
The BJP’s election defeat in three crucial states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh has left the party’s poll strategists concerned.
In some quarters the concern was all the more as closer scrutiny of figures suggest the saffron party’s vote share dropped in constituencies where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned.
However, some internal analysts say the ‘weakening’ of party in the three states only show that party’s dependence on ‘Modi factor’ is going to increase.
Meanwhile, ABP News-C Voter ‘Desh ka Mood’ survey – as released on Monday – revealed that BJP is likely to win as many as 16 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha in the 2019 general elections.
Naveen Patnaik-led BJD had won 20 of 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2014 and the BJP only one while the Congress share was a neat zero. The survey also gives favourable 9 seats to BJP in West Bengal, but its share and seats fall in Maharashtra and other states.
The survey at the national level has said that if there no SP-BSP grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP-led NDA could return to power in the Centre with 291 seats, 19 more than the halfway mark. But if Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav come together, the NDA tally could fall to 247 seats – 25 short of the magic mark of 272 plus.