Maintaining that Biju Janata Dal (BJD) "miscalculated" its strength in deciding to quit the NDA, the opposition alliance's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani on Friday asserted that the BJP would emerge as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha elections.
"The BJD miscalculated its strength in Orissa and decided to pull out of the NDA. It will realise its mistake later. One thing is for sure that BJP will emerge as the single largest party after the Lok Sabha polls," Advani told reporters at the airport before leaving for Buxar, Sasaram and Nawada where he is scheduled to address election meetings.
He described the third front as "illusory" when asked what future he foresaw for the conglomeration.
When his attention was drawn to recent assertion of the leaders of the 'fourth front' comprising RJD, Samajwadi Party and LJP that the key to government formation would be with them after the polls, Advani quipped, "when the third front is illusory, the fourth can be no different."
"One of the foremost contributions of the BJP to Indian polity is that it ended the Congress hegemony and made it bipolar. No government is now possible in the country without the support of the BJP or the Congress," he said.