BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday claimed that his party would win over 300 seats on its own in the Lok Sabha polls, while opposition parties may not even get the required number to elect the Leader of Opposition.
“Till the sixth phase of polling, we have crossed the figure needed for an absolute majority and after the seventh phase, the BJP would cross the mark of 300 on its own,” Shah told the media here.
Taking a swipe at the opposition parties for making efforts to forge fronts ahead of the counting on May 23, he said it would be required only after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s numbers come down.
“Any front will work if our numbers come down. We are going to win over 300 seats. If someone wants to make federal front to elect Leader of Opposition, we have no objection. There is democracy in the country.
“It can happen that they won’t even get the required number of seats to elect the Leader of Opposition. If they want to elect LoP together, that they can,” he said.
The BJP chief claimed that the party will win over 23 seats in West Bengal ruled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has proposed the formation of a Federal Front, comprising non-BJP and non-Congress parties.
In 2014, the BJP with 282 seats got a clear majority on its own and the Congress was reduced to 44, less than 1/10th, which as per the existing norms does not allow it to claim the post of Leader of Opposition.