BJP to score big in South, NDA will cross 400, says Modi in unwavering confidence for Lok Sabha results

PTI, May 20, 2024, 4:57 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party in the south, as he remained unwaveringly confident that his NDA alliance will cross 400 seats in Lok Sabha when election results come out on June 4.

“Our strategy for the entire nation is the same. Phir ek baar modi sarkar. Aur chaar June 400 paar,” Modi said in an interview to PTI Videos on Sunday night.

Modi said his opponents have created a myth that the BJP has no strength or presence in the southern states.

“Look at 2019 elections. The largest party even then in the south was BJP. Again, I say this: the largest party in the south this time will be BJP, and its allies will add more (seats) to it,” he added.

“We will be the single largest party in Southern India and by an even bigger margin than the last time.

“We have seen a jump in mind-share already. We will see a big jump in seat share and vote share for us across the region,” Modi said.

Southern India accounts for 131 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. In the outgoing House, BJP has 29 members besides one independent backed by it, from Karnataka.

Even in eastern India, “we are witnessing a massive surge of support from the people … which is giving sleepless nights to people in sections of the media and politics in Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and even in Delhi,” Modi said.

Recalling how using a presentation a few years ago he had delved into development deficit in Eastern India in great detail, Modi said the NDA government was specifically working to empower this region.

As a result, in the last decade, the region has seen the difference that a BJP government, an NDA government can make, he added.

”The so-called ‘red corridor’ will become a ‘saffron corridor’ in these elections.” The prime minister said all assessments of the past phases of the elections show that the NDA is in ”pole position” and the Congress along with its INDI alliance partners is struggling to even open its account in some states.

“The blessings of the people will take us to a record-breaking mandate. We will see more seats from all parts of the country, particularly from the south and the east,” he added.

“NDA is on course to achieve the 400 seats.” Modi said the BJP has been a truly national party “from Day 1, not only in our geographical presence but also in our ideology.” “For us, nation first is the foundation of our ideology. If we take decisions for Bengal or Kerala it will be on the basis of nation first,” he said.

Asked about the national results, he said: “We have set out to cross 400. After four phases of elections, I can say with confidence that our estimate was correct, and more than our estimate the determination of people (janata Janardhan) was stronger.” The prime minister said the narrative about BJP’s weakness in the south is part of a campaign that has painted the party variously as urban centric, male centric, north centric and a “Baniya-Brahmin” party.

“A myth has been spread. There is an ecosystem in our nation for years that creates all kinds of myths, to mislead the nation and to destroy the nation,” he added.

“It was also said that we are a Baniya-Brahmin party. But the largest number of Dalit, OBC and tribal MP/MLAs are from BJP. They do this deliberately, and a similar myth has been spread that we are not present in the south.”

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