- BJP managers believe that the result shows inversion of political equations.
- The support Kovind received across regions points to BJP’s increased acceptability.
- BJP ministers said that the support will help the party expand its footprint beyond existing geographical boundaries.
BJP managers are not unduly perturbed by Congress’s claim that Meira Kumarwon the most votes by an opposition candidate, saying the result only showed the inversion of political equations.
“Usually BJP would, as the opposition party, get less than a third of the vote in such a contest. It’s the other way around now,” said BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, Kovind’s election manager.
The support Kovind received across regions and from small parties and Independents points to BJP’s increased acceptability and augurs well for the party’s move to build a strong pan-India coalition ahead of the 2019 election, said BJP netas.
They argued that the support will help BJP expand its footprint beyond the party’s existing geographical boundaries.
Poll managers said Kovind has attracted close to around 115 votes in excess to their estimates. Other than 18 NDA parties, several regional parties including JD(U), TRS, YSR Congress, AIADMK, BJD voted for Kovind, making his win a foregone conclusion. BJP’s spirits are high also because its candidate got votes from UPA constituents as well as there is no provision of a party whip in the presidential polls in which electoral college comprises directly elected MPs and MLAs.
“More than 30 MPs in excess to our calculations voted for Kovind,” said a senior BJP leader. The advantage was somewhat lost with BJP calculating that 13 of 21 MPs who cast invalid votes were from its camp.
Maximum number of cross voting was reported from Maharashtra where reports suggest probably 13 Congress-NCP legislators voted for the NDA nominee.NCP chief Sharad Pawar had expressed his doubts about the viability of an opposition candidate even though he headed the search committee for non-NDA parties.