Even the stars are split wide open. If pollsters predict no clear majority in the Lok Sabha polls, astrologers are no different. If one soothsayer foresees an eruption of violence during the polls, another thinks to the contrary.
Militancy could rock the country between April 22 and June 22, says 86-year-old astrologer Lachhman Das Madan. But Ashutosh Ojha (66) has the opposite take: “there may be isolated incidents, but no major threat”.
Both psephologists and astrologers are offering more analysis than prediction.
“We are in the midst of the most vulgar show of piety, lies, bluffs, false assurances, mean opportunism,” says K.N. Rao (78) on his site. The prediction: “UPA will form the government with regional parties or the Third Front will triumph with Congress support.”
Madan predicts the NDA will form the government. “In BJP’s horoscope, Venus is helping the party,” he says. Ojha gives the NDA 222 seats, Congress 140 and BSP 23.
Ajai Bhambi (57) foresees a hung verdict. “Advani or Manmohan may not be PM, Sonia will get a jolt. Maya will create fear for others.”
Madan and Bhambi say Sharad Pawar will emerge stronger. No consensus! The stars hide more than they tell.