Speaking under the condition of anonymity, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party at 11 Ashoka Road, New Delhi, told this correspondent that the party has had an internal assessment conducted on its prospects of the Lok Sabha elections 2014.
They say the best-case scenario they envisage is the BJP getting 250 odd seats while its pre-poll alliances are expected to raise the NDA tally to 290.
The worst-case scenario projects the BJP as getting some 170 seats with the pre-poll NDA total reaching about 210. In this case, the cadre wish to stay in the Opposition while some leaders would still like to have a dash at the Treasury Benches by cobbling up alliances, dangling the carrot of power in front of some regional players.
They find the best case scenario more likely because they see people voting for and against Narendra Modi, their prime ministerial candidate, dividing the votes against the top challenger among a whole lot of”secular’ contenders. “Club 160” — a disparaging reference to the old guard in the BJP that wants a low score so that potential allies come with the ‘anybody but Modi’ precondition, increasing their chances to be prime minister — whose existence the party sources concede, could not succeed due to the “Modi wave”, they say.
It isn’t just the RSS machinery at work, the party cadre say. “The idea of a modern India that Modi can usher in has activated the youth not connected with the party, and they are campaigning for us driven by self-motivation, without any support from us,” a campaigner just back from Varanasi said.
“It won’t be anything in between,” a national exeutive member told this correspondent.