NDA Leaders To Meet Today, Two Days Ahead Of Election Results
Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance will meet over dinner tonight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, people familiar with the development said. The meeting comes two days ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election results.
Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and Lok Janshakti Party Head Ram Vilas Paswan are likely to attend the meeting. A meeting of key BJP leaders, including union ministers, is also scheduled to be held in the party headquarters before the dinner meeting with allies.
The BJP's decision to host the dinner follows Sunday’s exit polls which have indicated another term for Modi. Exit polls have forecast that the BJP-led NDA will cross the majority mark of 272 in the 543-member Lok Sabha.
Polls were held for 542 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats over seven phases. The Election Commission has deferred polling in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, due to corruption allegations.
On Monday, several BJP leaders asserted that the party will get a majority on its own, repeating the unprecedented feat it achieved in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, where it won 282 seats.