BJP’s LS tally will reduce by 110 seats in 2019, says Sena
Terming the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) loss in the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll a “defeat of ego and arrogance”, the Shiv Sena launched a fresh salvo at its ally, saying the party’s strength in the Lower House of Parliament will come down by at least 110 seats in the 2019 general elections.
The Sena also taunted its ally saying those who abandon their friends and “tread the path of lies” are destined to lose.
“The BJP won the tiny state of Tripura. While the party was celebrating the victory, the results of two Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh took the shine off the win.
“These results have created panic in the BJP camp. The party’s two strongholds- Gorakhpur and Phulpur- were won by the SP,” the Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece- ‘Saamana’.
It said that since the Modi government came to power, bypolls to 10 Lok Sabha seats were conducted, of which the BJP lost nine.
“Initially, there were 282 BJP MPs in the Lok Sabha, but the figure has now come down to 272. Under the leadership of Modi and Amit Shah, the BJP has lost virtually every bypoll,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.
“It is now clear that in 2019, the BJP will not get 280 seats. The number will come down by at least 100-110. Therefore, the BJP needs to remain grounded. Defeat is certain for those who abandon their friends and tread the path of lies. When the downfall starts, no Chanakya can stop it,” it said.
“(TMC chief) Mamata Banerjee says this is the beginning of BJP’s downfall. We do not know if this is true, but what is certain is that the people who supported the party (in 2014), are now pushing it to the ground.”