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BJP hopeful of majority in Opposition

Prakash Chandra Sao NEW DELHI. As the Third and Fourth Fronts actually in a state of dilemma, the Bharatiya Janata Party hopes to fully occupy the Opposition space in the polity and in Parliament and discharge its job “responsibly.” Senior general secretary Arun Jaitley indicated here on Friday that given the mood of the electorate, which seemed to have voted for stability and against disruptive and obstructive politics, the BJP too learnt appropriate lessons and would “strengthen itself by behaving as a responsible Opposition.” There is a view in the party that in the last government — at least for over four years — it was the Left that tried to occupy the Opposition space as well as that of the ruling party by virtue of its supporting the government from outside. This time, the BJP can claim the Opposition space, as the Left and other political forces in the Opposition have shrunk. The yearning for political stability was a point missed by almost all parties as well as the media, he said. But why did the people choose the United Progressive Alliance, led by the Congress, and not the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance? Posing this question himself, Mr. Jaitley said that possibly it was because of a perception that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a good, clean image, and the people would have felt that obstructive and disruptive politics had prevented him from delivering good governance. He was seen as a “victim” of the kind of politics witnessed, and the people wanted to give him a fresh chance. Other factors like youth played a role, but the kind of support for the Congress seen almost throughout the country yielded the results, he said. Finally, he noted that non-Congress governments, which had given stable and good governance, also benefited from the mood in favour of stability. This was seen in Orissa, Bihar, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and elsewhere

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abhishek, says on February 9, 2010, 10:25 PM

now the BJP can never come up with a majority. this is a forecast reflected by their own leaders. end of days for the BJP after Atal left.