New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed confidence that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win a ‘reasonable good majority’ and form a government under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership. He also spoke on the probability of him becoming the prime ministerial candidate face in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

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The minister, in an exclusive interview to NDTV, said “he was ‘not a dark horse’ for prime minister and had ‘no agenda, desire or dream’ of becoming prime minister.”

Explaining the mathematics behind his confidence that the BJP would gain more numbers, Gadkari quipped that the party would win more seats from Odisha, Bengal and Kerala. He also claimed that Uttar Pradesh, which has the largest number of seats – 80 – will also play a crucial role in the process.

This is not the first time that the Minister for Road Transport and Highways has refuted similar speculations. Earlier in December last year, while responding to a questions on chances of him being declared as PM face for the party, Gadkari had said, “No there is no chance. I am happy where I am right now. I have to complete Ganga work first, building of Express Highway Access Control in 13-14 countries and also want to make roads for Char Dhams and other works. I am happy doing these works and want to complete it.”

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are ongoing in seven phases across the country. The voting for the first phase was held on April 11, while for last phase, the same is scheduled on May 19. The counting of votes is to be carried out on May 23.