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All parties cock-a-hoop over poll results

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Apr 19:

While all political parties and candidates in Odisha will have to wait for nearly a month to know exactly how they have fared in the two-phase polls for 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats, all three major political parties including the ruling Biju Janata Dal have begun bragging about their performance.evm

While many BJD leaders are gloating over reports from their police think-tank that it would win around a hundred Assembly seats this time, Rajya Sabha MP Kalpataru Das, the ‘mouth’ of the ruling party, claims BJD will win 105 to 110 Assembly seats and that it is possible that the figure may even go up to 120.

Mercifully, Das has not repeated his earlier claim of winning 125 seats and beating Biju Patnaik’s record of 123 seats in 1990. His estimate is that the party will win 17 to 18 Lok Sabha seats.

Other senior BJD leaders say they hope to win 50 seats in the first phase and 50 to 55 in the second. Last time the figures were 39 and 69 (including allies ) respectively. They are willing to concede they will lose 15 to 20 seats in the coastal belt but “that won’t affect our three figure target.”

About the Lok Sabha performance, senior party leaders are not expecting anything big.

” It could be less than last time, say around 12. It’s because of the Modi wave and our inability to project a definite role in national politics. We may lose 5 seats in western Odisha and 3 to 4 in the coastal region ,” a senior party leader says.

On the other hand, Odisha Jan Morcha chief Pyarimohan Mohapatra- the man who was BJD’s chief poll manager in 2009 and is credited with having predicted the exact number of seats that the ruling party would win – is ready with a needle to puncture the BJD balloon.

His predictions this time paint the spectre of a hung Assembly.

Mohapatra gives BJD 55 to 65 seats while predicting 25 -30 seats for the BJP and 35-40 seats for the Congress. His projections for the LoK Sabha seats is : BJD -9 to 10 seats, BJP- 7 to 8 and Congress- 2 to 3 seats.

The BJP is on cloud nine, as it were, with its leaders claiming the party will win as many as 55 Assembly and 10 Lok Sabha seats -all because of the Modi wave and anti-incumbency factor.  

Some of them even have predicted a figure as high as 65 seats in the Assembly polls !

Most Congress leaders are unwilling to stick their neck out and go public about their expectations.

A senior Congress leader believes the party will win 40 out of the 77 seats in the second phase polls and  20 out of 70 seats in the first phase. That makes the total 60.

The Congress think-tank also believes it has a fair chance of winning 6 to 8 Lok Sabha seats despite the so-called Modi-wave. They do not agree that they will win seats merely by default.

“In some places the division in the BJD vote-bank may help us but in rest of the places we will win on our merit,” says a senior Congress leader who has just returned after a hectic poll schedule.

However, former PCC president Niranjan Patnaik says while the party will do better than last time and win more seats, it can not ever hope to form the government.

He feels the party would have formed the government this time had he continued as the PCC president.

“But the party missed that opportunity and it’s now simply out of question”, he says.

That is all about public posturing by parties and their leaders. The truth, however, is that not one of them is one bit sure about the fate the EVMs have in store for them.

 

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