New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani on Saturday said that the political atmosphere in the country is ideal for the party to get "record breaking results" with the Congress-led government failing to tackle corruption and price rise, creating a favourable condition for the main Opposition. "Pre-poll surveys have always been prejudiced. In 1998, surveys said we would lose, but we won. Now, the opinion polls are in our favour, and all of you are working so hard. I'm certain of good results. I can confidently say that the BJP will break all records in 2014," he said at the BJP Scheduled Caste Front National Executive in New Delhi.
His comment came a day after the CNN-IBN-CSDS-The Hindu Election Tracker survey showed that the NDA will perform far better than the UPA if elections were held today. According to the survey, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was ahead of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh in the race for the prime minister's post.
Addressing his party workers, Advani on Saturday said: "Looking at the confidence of the SC Morcha workers here, I am sure that we will achieve record breaking results in the Lok Sabha elections." Predicting early polls, the BJP leader said the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls due this year would be over by April 2014. "We have not experienced so many elections -- in six-seven states and the Lok Sabha elections -- in such a short span," he said.
"Keeping the weather conditions and other factors in mind, the Election Commission will also want early elections, whether the government wants it or not. The government may also want early polls. But whenever the elections are (to be) held, you should start preparations without speculating about the time," Advani said. He asked the party cadre to take achievements of BJP governments in various states to people to improve the party's electoral prospects.
Advani said the Congress has ensured that corruption, price rise, need for people-friendly governance and honest administration would be the issues in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Taking a jibe at Congress, Advani said, "The amount of effort that the Congress has made in the last three years to make BJP win the next Lok Sabha elections, nobody else has." However, Advani made no mention of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the rising star of the BJP, whom many party workers see as their biggest vote catcher and a Prime Ministerial probable.
(With additional information from PTI)