Pilbhit: BJP leader Varun Gandhi predicts
that Samajwadi Party will emerge as the single largest party
in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh where two phases of
voting are still left to be completed.
Varun, who is a Lok Sabha MP from Pilbhit and who has
stayed away from campaigning, also took a jibe at his own
party saying BJP has 55 chief ministerial candidates. He said
he did not think the results would be "super magnificent" for
the BJP. Counting of votes will be taken up on March 6.
BJP responded to Varun`s predictions with a remark that he
is a "good psephologist" while its leader LK Advani declined
"Varun Gandhi is an intelligent leader and good
psephologist. He has his own predictions. His predictions are
not as a BJP leader but as a psephologist. He can have
predictions, even we also benefit from that," BJP spokesperson
Saeed Naqvi said.
Varun also said that Congress and the BJP would both
improve their tallies at the cost of the ruling BSP.
"I haven`t toured the state but I feel it is probably a
truism that SP will be the single largest party in UP, but
other than that I don`t know how much BJP, Congress and BSP
will get," he said to a news agency.
"But I think the BJP will do significantly better. But I
can`t say how much. I think SP will be the single largest
gainer but I can`t say how well," he said. Varun at the same
time said he is not a soothsayer.
He replied in the negative when asked if he was a
wellwisher of the SP but said he likes to talk "straight".
Varun said BJP has at least "55 candidates" who can be
chief ministers but parties projecting names as chief
ministers are at an advantage because in that case it is easy
for the people to identify.
"It is a human relationship craft. If you do not have one
person your message gets diffused. But I think the BJP is
one step ahead as it has 55 chief ministerial candidates."
Making a case for naming chief ministerial candidates,
Varun said "people vote for people" and not for symbols.
The Congress had a "genuine problem" as it does not have
a single state leader who has the stature, Varun said, adding
that if the party named one person as the chief ministerial
candidate there would be infighting.
He was asked whether it would have been better if the BJP
or Congress had named chief ministerial candidates in the
ongoing UP elections.