BJP’s Lok Sabha Tally Will Reduce by 110 Seats in 2019: Shiv Sena
Terming the 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 on 16 March saying the party's strength in the Lower House of the 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 its 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.Editorial in Shiv Sena’s 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.
The editorial referred to the BJP's stunning victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls in 2017 as it attacked the party over its loss in the Gorakhpur bypoll.
“Last year, the BJP set a record by winning 325 seats in UP Assembly polls. Yogi Adityanath became the chief minister, while Keshav Maurya became his deputy. Since 1991, Adityanath had never lost the Gorakhpur seat. But now, despite being the CM, his party lost. If the BJP could topple the Left government in Tripura, why couldn't it win Gorakhpur?” it asked.
In Bihar, the Araria Lok Sabha seat and the Jehanabad Assembly seat were won by the RJD, it said.
"All this shows that the BJP is losing ground," it 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.
The party said that after the bypolls in Rajasthan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the Congress should only contest bypolls now.
"The BJP's loss in the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll is a defeat of ego and arrogance," the Sena added.
Fadnavis Holds Meet With Sena to Ensure its Support in Case of No-Confidence Motion: Report
Meanwhile, in the backdrop of TDP and YSRCP moving no-confidence motions against the government, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis reportedly held a meeting with Shiv Sena's Anant Geete, who is also the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises, on Friday, 16 March.
According to an NDTV report, the meeting, also attended by BJP Maharashtra president Raosaheb Danve - was called to ensure the Shiv Sena's support to the central government, in the event of the no-confidence motions getting admitted and a vote being carried out.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was expected to hold a meeting with his party MPs and other senior leaders to decide its stand on the no-confidence motions, reported ANI.
Notably, Shiv Sena had earlier declared that it will go out alone in both the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well as the assembly elections in Maharashtra and not in alliance with the BJP.
(With inputs from ANI, PTI)