Prime minister Narendra Modi voiced confidence over his party’s performance in the elections saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will secure more seats in the Lok Sabha polls in the months of April and May than what they had achieved back in 2014.
He also said that they would improve in areas where they have weak.
“Earlier, people asked who Modi is. Now they know what I have done for national security. They know my intent for welfare of poor. They are aware of all these. I believe the BJP will not only get full majority, but will get a greater majority than last time,” said Modi, in an interview with Republic TV.
“Our allies (in the NDA) will also win more seats. People will also give us greater strength in areas where we have been weak,” he added.
The BJP in 2014 had become the first party in 30 years to secure an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha which has 543 seats. The Modi-led party had won 282 seats alone.
Predictions this time around suggest that the BJP and the NDA might win lesser seats but Modi feels otherwise. He says that the people have already decided to hand their next government a full majority.
“India has seen 30 years of instability. People now want a stable government. They want that the major partner of any coalition should get full majority, and other allies also (to) get (a) good number of seats,” he said.
The prime minister further brushed off criticism of the air strikes on February 26, which was in response to the suicide car bombing in Pulwama on February 14 which left 40 CRPF troopers dead. There have questions on the death count of India’s air strike in Balakot.
“These people see statesmanship in the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister (Imran Khan) and they doubt their own Prime Minister. People will have to identify these people,” Modi said.