With 288 seats up for grabs during the crucial Maharashtra assembly polls, Jan Ki Baat has conducted a survey ahead of the voting. As broadcast on Republic TV on Thursday, Pradeep Bhandari's Jan Ki Baat brought you the projections for the state of Maharashtra. The state will see key players — the NDA, BJP and Shiv Sena at the core, and the UPA with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party clubbed together, and AIMIM and Prakash Ambedkar's VBA as the key players. As per the numbers crunched by Jan Ki Baat, it appears that the BJP could single-handedly win the assembly polls.
As per the Jan Ki Baat survey, the BJP is projected to get 142 to 147 seats and an average of 143 seats. The Shiv Sena is likely to bag 83 to 85 seats and average of 84 seats. The Congress is projected to get 21 to 23 seats and an average of 22 seats. The NCP is projected to get 27 to 29 seats OR 28 seats at an average. The half-way mark for a party or an alliance to form a government is 145 seats. With BJP inching an average of 143 seats, it is likely to single-handedly be able to form a government in Maharashtra.
If the projections prove right, it could help BJP have an upper hand in its alliance with the Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena has been a bickering ally of the BJP in Maharashtra. As per sources, the party was eyeing the Chief Minister's post for Thackeray scion Aaditya who is contesting from Worli in Mumbai. The party had raked up the issue of BJP's promise of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, despite the BJP adhering to following the rules laid by the Supreme Court on the matter. It also opposed the Metro Car Shed at Aarey Colony and the felling of trees.