Varun Gandhi predicts SP as UP polls winner

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi predicts Mulayam Singh's Samajwadi Party (SP) as the single largest winner in the Uttar Pradesh election while he says the Congress and the BJP would both improve their tallies at the cost of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Mayawati. "... I feel it is probably a truism that SP will be the single largest party in UP, but other than that I don't know how much BJP, Congress and BSP will get. "But I think the BJP will do significantly better. But I can't say how much. I think SP will be the single largest gainer but I can't say how well," Varun Gandhi told NDTV in an interview even as two more phases of polls remained in Uttar Pradesh.Varun said BJP has at least "55 candidates" who can be chief ministers but parties projecting names as chief ministers are at an advantage because in that case it is easy for the people to identify.
"It is a human relationship craft. If you do not have one person your message gets diffused. But I think the BJP is one step ahead as it has 55 chief ministerial candidates." Making a case for naming chief ministerial candidates, Varun said "people vote for people" and not for symbols. The Congress had a "genuine problem" as it does not have a single state leader who has the stature, Varun said, adding that if the party named one person as the chief ministerial candidate there would be infighting. "But I think the seats will go up. Because I think I have a habit speaking of speaking my mind. I don't think the BJP is going to get 250 seats. But I certainly think they will do better than 51 which is what they got the last time," he said. Meanwhile, a senior BJP leader reacted to the predictions of Varun. "Varun is a good psephologist," said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of BJP.


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