BJP would hold a meeting with leaders of NDA partners over dinner tomorrow (Tuesday, May 21).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah would be present at the meeting which would be preceded by a meeting of key BJP leaders, including Union Ministers in party headquarters, reported The Economic Times (ET).
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan are likely to attend the meeting being held two days before the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls on May 23.
Shah will host the NDA leaders at Delhi’s ‘The Ashok’ hotel, where the BJP chief is expected to discuss alliance’s strategy with them, reported NDTV.
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The dinner-cum-meet comes after exit polls predictions of a comfortable win for the NDA. The poll of polls – anaggregate of exit polls prepared by NDTV – released at the end of the national election, gives the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) 302 of 543 seats and the Congress and its allies 122.
The poll of polls indicates that the BJP will make up for its losses in Uttar Pradesh with a surge in Odisha and West Bengal. While the BJP will move to double digits at 14 – fromtwo the last time, it is expected to be neck and neck with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD). That is a huge improvement for the BJP, which won just one of the state’s 21 seats in 2014.
The gains in the two states will offset BJP’s loss in Uttar Pradesh, where it is predicted to win 49 seats. The BJP had won 71 of 80 seats in 2014.
While opposition leaders have rubbished the exit polls, National Conference chief Omar Abdullah appeared to have accepted the projected outcome.”Every single exit poll can’t be wrong! Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media & wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd,” Abdullah tweeted.