No Cong blues beyond saffron surge: Astrologers

  • Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 15, 2014 23:40 IST

The exit polls have given their verdict, and it’s unanimous: Modi sarkar. But those who read the stars tend to see further ahead, and they predict the revival of Congress, the rise of P Chidambaram and some storm clouds for a triumphant BJP.

Celebrated astrologer Bejan Daruwala said Narendra Modi will need coalition partners to run the country and asserts, “Don’t consider Congress finished. It will be a good opposition bloc. Rahul Gandhi will do all that he has failed to do so far.” Another well-known stargazer, Lachhman Das Madan, has a different view on the party’s internal dynamics. “In Congress, P. Chidambaram will get stronger. How that will happen will be interesting to see.”

Exit polls released on Monday suggest Congress will scrape together its lowest ever tally and the National Democratic Alliance, headed by the BJP, its highest, grabbing anywhere between 249 and 354 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats being contested.

This would put Narendra Modi in the PM’s chair. But vedic astrologer Nitin Manchanda feels there is a tough period for Modi of thirty months starting in November 2014.

“NDA may not get full majority. A powerful woman politician may bail him out with support but she may also put him back in trouble by pulling out,” he says. This description fits more than one potential ally: Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and BSP supremo Mayawati.

Ramesh V Shukla, an Ahmedabad-based astrologer, has studied Modi’s horoscope and given him 282 seats, 10 more than the magic number needed to form the government.

Shukla hints that Rahul may not be able to retain his Amethi seat, from where he fought BJP’s Smriti Irani and AAP’s Kumar Vishwas.

Some astrologers feel Modi is passing through a very strong Moon Mahadasha and Rahu Bhukti but compared to Vadodara, Varanasi may be a tougher fight.

Chennai astrologer KV Gopalakrishnan predicts 306 seats for the NDA, but adds there are challenges ahead, including the effect of scams inherited from the UPA and a poor monsoon.

Better days lie ahead, however: “During the Modi government, tax regime will gradually change, providing relief to people. Foreign investment and industrial development will also improve with time,” he says.

Manchanda is dismissive of AAP boss Arvind Kejriwal. “The AAP leader seems driven by personal ambitions. He is not likely to return to power even when assembly elections are held in Delhi. After June 28, several scandals may crop up in his political career,” he says.

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