When Narendra Modi stood up to address the Lok Sabha on February 5, the prime minister exuded an aura of confidence and assuredness. He even mocked the members seated in the Opposition benches, saying they would be occupying those seats for decades. He asserted that in the upcoming general election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win 370 seats on its own, 98 more than the 272 needed for a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. He put the overall tally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at an astounding 405 seats. With a flo­urish, he said, “Ab ki baarâ€æ” And, as he paused, BJP members in the House filled in the rest, “Char sau paar”. And so the target of 400 seats was set.


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