Cong likely to be single largest party: Singhvi
New Delhi: Asserting that the Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha elections, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi says a non-BJP formation will get a "comfortable majority" and form the government at the Centre.
Singhvi also claimed the BJP will face a deficit of 100-120 seats after suffering losses in various states and will not be able to compensate for the seats lost in those states.
"I have no doubt a non-BJP multi-party group will be in power after May 23. The exact complexion and numbers of that need not be talked about now," he told PTI in an interview. Asked if there is a possibility of a hung Parliament this time, Singhvi said there will be a "comfortable majority" of a non-BJP formation.
"I agree it is difficult to say that a single party will have a majority. There will be a very, very comfortable majority for pre-poll and post-poll alliance partners which are non-BJP, non-NDA," Singhvi asserted.
On whether there is a possibility of the Congress being the single largest party, the Rajya Sabha MP said, "Since I think I would be exaggerating if I said that a single party would get a complete majority by itself. I think it is fair statement to make that the Congress is likely to be clearly the single largest party." Asserting that the BJP will suffer huge losses electorally as compared with last time, Singhvi said a party which had a "Modi wave and a strike rate of 90 per cent plus in 11 states" cannot improve on its performance this time in those states. Even if it comes down by 50 per cent from its previous showing in those states, there will be "no compensatory states", he asserted.
There is a swathe of territory -- Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu -- where the BJP will hardly have any seats, including its allies like AIADMK, Singhvi said.
There is also no compensation available in states from the northeast where the citizenship bill has had a lot if resonance against the BJP," he said. PTI