Tejaswi Yadav Predicts Huge Loss for BJP in 2019 LS Elections

RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav (file photo).

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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, speaking at an India Today-sponsored event in New Delhi on Saturday looked into his tea leaves and predicted massive loss for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections saying the saffron party was poised to lose about 100 seats out of the 134 seats in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

"Currently the BJP holds a combined total of 115 seats in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh but in the coming elections, it would lose nearly 100 seats leaving it with no more than 14-15 seats in these three states. As a result, the BJP would not get a majority in the next election," Yadav, who was the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar for a brief period of time, said.

Citing example of the decline in the popularity of the BJP under Narendra Modi-Amit Shah leadership, Yadav said that the BJP lost big in the recent by-polls in Uttar Pradesh where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lost his seat in Gorakhpur where he was faced with joint opposition by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).

"That is exactly what is going to happen to the BJP in Bihar," Yadav, the son of party president Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi said.

As recalled, the BJP had won 73 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Yadav, still hurting from the sudden withdrawal of Nitish Kumar from the RJD-led Grand Alliance in Bihar in July 2017 that brought an abrupt end to his cushy Deputy Chief Minister's post, called the Bihar Chief Minister a 'cheat' who betrayed the mandate of the people of Bihar.

"He became the Chief Minister through the back door as his party did not have the mandate of the people of Bihar," he said.

The RJD leader, who is now the face of the party in the absence of his father Lalu Prasad Yadav who remains incarcerated in a Ranchi jail following his conviction in a case related to the multi-crore rupees fodder scam in Bihar, also took a shot at Nitish Kumar saying he had failed to maintain law and order in the state where rape, sexual assaults, murder, and kidnapping have become the order of the day and the Chief Minister was involved in protecting his own party leaders who were involved in many of these crimes.

Yadav also dubbed all corruption charges against him and his family members a massive conspiracy by the BJP to politically destroy his family.


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