Will win more seats for a new Kerala; BJP hopes of getting 5 seats
Thiruvananthapuram: The BJP has started to convene review meetings to evaluate the post-poll situation. Though a preliminary review was done at the booth-level, evaluation at district-level is yet to happen. The core committee and the leadership meetings will evaluate the situation. The party feels that the NDA would emerge victorious in 5 seats, including Nemom, and would become a reckoning force in more constituencies.
Will retain Nemom
The party hopes that it will win in the sitting seat at Nemom, and Manjeshwaram, Palakkad, Kazhakkoottam and Vattiyoorkkavu. The party, which also hopes it would occupy the second spot in many constituencies, is also sure that some surprises could spring up. The BJP leadership feels that it could become a strong force in the Assembly. The state leadership is fully aware that coming in second place or increasing the vote share will not suffice and the central leadership's main aim is to win the seats.
The major victory for the party would be to retain Nemom. The seat which had laid the foundation for the party in Kerala has a vote bank. During the last Lok Sabha elections when Shashi Tharoor won with a large majority, BJP had kept Nemom in the forefront and hence it is cent percent sure of victory prospects.
Will bag Congress votes in Vattiyoorkavu
Besides K Surendran in Manjeshwaram and E Sreedharan in Palakkad, BJP is hopeful of getting votes from outside too. Leaders opine that these two seats may be bagged by BJP even if they do not show a huge majority. There could be a surprise win at Vattiyoorkavu and Kazhakkattoom. Besides the BJP votes in Vattiyoorkavu, the leak in Congress votes will be a gain for the party. In Kazkakkattoom, the Sabarimala issue was a talking point and the NSS stance also proved advantageous. But the party is worried that the minority votes may have shifted to the LDF.