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Neither Congress, nor BJP expected to win majority in 2014 LS polls, predicts Advani

New Delhi, Aug 5: Senior BJP leader L K Advani has predicted that neither the Congress nor the BJP on its own can win majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Writing in his blog,
India TV News Desk September 19, 2012 13:44 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi, Aug 5: Senior BJP leader L K Advani has predicted that neither the Congress nor the BJP on its own can win majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Writing in his blog, Advani says: "A non-Congress, non-BJP Prime Minister heading a government supported by one of these two principal parties is however feasible. This has happened in the past also."  

Advani further writes: "The shape which national polity has acquired in the past two and a half decades makes it practically impossible for any government to be formed in New Delhi which does not have the support either of the Congress or of the BJP.  A third Front Government, therefore, can be ruled out."

Advani mentions a farewell dinner hosted by the PM in honour of the outgoing President Pratibha Patil at Hyderabad House a fortnight ago, where, according to him, two senior Cabinet ministers had an informal chat with him.  

"I could clearly perceive an intense sense of concern weighing on the minds of both these Ministers. Their apprehensions were as follows :

a) In the Sixteenth Elections to the Lok Sabha, neither the Congress nor the BJP    may be able to forge an alliance which has a clear majority in the Lok Sabha.  

b) In 2013 or 2014, therefore, whenever the Lok Sabha elections take place, the Government likely to take shape can be that of the Third Front. This, according to the Congress Ministers would be extremely harmful not only for the stability of Indian politics but also for national interests.  "

"My response to the anxiety voiced by these Congressmen was: I can understand your concern, but I do not share it."

Advani went on to write that  coalition governments headed by non-Congress Prime Ministers and supported by the BJP or Congress never lasted long.  

"... as the Prime Ministership of Ch. Charan Singh, Chandrashekharji, Deve Gowdaji and Inder Kumar ji Gujral (all supported by Congress) as also of Vishwanath Pratap Singhji (supported by BJP) have shown, such governments have never lasted long.

"  There has been stability at the Centre only when the Government has had either a Congress or a BJP Prime Minister. Unfortunately, the two Governments since 2004, U.P.A I and U.P.A II have both been so badly mismanaged that the current state of anxiety in the ruling establishment is quite understandable.

"People generally believe that for the Congress Party, the worst phase in so far as Lok Sabha results are concerned, were the post-Emergency elections of 1977. It would not at all be surprising if the next Lok Sabha elections yield a result which for the Congress may prove the worst in its history since 1952.

"Soothsayers are not wanting who predict that it may be the first time when the Congress Party's score sinks to just two digits, that is, less than one hundred !

"The party's miserable performance in Rae Bareilly, Amethi etc. which have long been regarded as pocket-boroughs of the first family, in the U.P. Assembly polls held recently and its dismal record in the Corporation elections of Uttar Pradesh where as against the BJP's score of ten out of twelve Corporations, the Congress drew a big blank are clear indices of the party's collapsing fortunes.

"So far as the BJP is concerned, the bungling in Karnataka notwithstanding, all recent public opinion surveys clearly reveal that the principal beneficiary of the Congress Party's fast eroding reputation continues to be the BJP !.....

The U.P.A. Government of Dr. Manmohan Singh has failed to take along with his government even his allies. The U.P.A. II has had one aide however who may not be a political aide but who has been so invaluable for it to manage these difficult allies that I have often described it as the Congress Party's most dependable ally. If the Congress has successfully avoided a Lok Sabha poll till now it is only because of this alliance partner – the C.B.I. !"