New Delhi: Ahead of the results of Lok Sabha elections 2019, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday predicted that neither the Congress nor the BJP would get an absolute majority on their own. He claimed that neither of the two national parties were in a position to cross the 150 mark of the total 543.

However, the veteran Congress leader said that the country wants UPA government to form government at the Centre to ‘reject communal and divisive forces’. He said this in an apparent reference to Narendra Modi-led Union government.

Speaking to PTI, the former Karnataka CM said,”According to me, the UPA will get enough seats and will emerge as a single largest front. Naturally, other regional parties will rally around. The Mahagathbandhan (the grand-alliance) has taken place so that the secular votes are not divided.”

The former Karnataka CM also exuded confidence and said that JD(S)-Congress coalition will win around 20 seats out of 28 parliamentary constituencies and BJP would get only 8-10 seats in the southern state.

On being asked about the reported rift between Congress and JD(S) workers, Siddaramaiah, who is also chairman of the Congress-JD(S) coalition committee in the state, said that two parties were in perfect harmony and the campaigning was going on satisfactorily.

“This issue has been verified because myself and JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda jointly toured all constituencies. Look, myself and G T Devegowda of JD(S) fought against each other during the last assembly elections, now we have come together. We have asked workers to work together,” he added.