Every single opinion poll so far has refrained from even venturing to suggest that either of the two “national” parties may touch the “magical” 150-mark on their own. But The Times of India‘s latest guesstimate, done the old fashioned way, bravely predicts the Congress may actually do so.
The UPA sans Lalu Prasad Yadav‘s RJD, Mulayam Singh Yadav‘s SP and Ram Vilas Paswan‘s LJP is expected end up just short of 200, the NDA minus Naveen Patnaik‘s BJD with 176. The Third Front, says the paper will get 109, and others and independents 60.
Graphic: courtesy The Times of India
What about the real estate lent by (The Hindu | Outlook | India Today| ToI | IE | …) for (Congress & Left | BJP | III Front | …)? That is too valuable!
These parties and media houses, must have their private treaties(is this term trademarked? if yes, mercy!)
Any way, for us Mysoreans the choice is between the Congress’ polemicist Tughlaq and the deemed clean sombre candidate of BJP. I would have given a chance to the Congress only if it had courage to pick candidates like Prof Rajeev Gowda and Brijesh Kalappa.