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By Our Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI, APRIL 21. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders today claimed that the "internal feedback'' of the party was that it would win, along with its allies, 103 of the 140 Lok Sabha seats that went to the polls yesterday.
The party was confident of picking up 24 of 26 seats in Gujarat; all of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh; 14 of 24 seats in Maharashtra with 8 for the BJP and 6 for its ally, the Shiv Sena; 9 of 11 seats that went to the polls in Bihar with the BJP accounting for 4 and the Janata Dal (United) for 5; in Andhra Pradesh the BJP calculated that it would have won 4 seats and its partner, the Telugu Desam 5 of the total of 21 Lok Sabha seats that went to the polls. Besides, the BJP was brimming with confidence about Karnataka where it said it had done well not only in the Lok Sabha polls but also in the Assembly elections.
The party president, Venkaiah Naidu, said he would leave for Bangalore, where, among other things, he would like to "bid goodbye to Chief Minister S.M. Krishna, who was a good man.''
When Mr. Naidu was asked whether he would also travel to Hyderabad to bid goodbye to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, his response was that there was no question of Mr. Naidu losing the elections, and he would remain as strong and as steadfast a friend as before.
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