Mumbai : The Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said its ally BJP would not be able to form the next government without the support of the Sena, dismissing some exit-polls’ claim that BJP could form its own government as it can touch the magic figure of 144 alone.
The Sena leader’s remarks come on the eve of counting of votes for the high-stake polls. Raut also claimed that his party would win 100 out of the total 124 seats it had contested. The BJP had contested 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies fighting on its lotus symbol, out of the total 288 seats in the state.
While most of the exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the BJP-led alliance comprising the Sena and other parties, at least one such prediction gave the BJP a near-majority on its own. It predicted whopping 142 seats for the BJP and 102 for the Sena. The simple majority mark in the state is 145. The BJP cannot form the next government without the help of the Shiv Sena, even if it wins only 4-5 seats, Raut asserted.
According to him, the Sena will win 100 seats. But the BJP alone cannot form its government. The BJP-Sena alliance will cross 200 mark in this assembly election, he further claimed.