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    By the time you sit down to read this piece, some early trends would have emerged on who is going to form the next government in India. To many people, the answer is a no-brainer. If you’ve been watching TV, reading newspapers and living off Twitter feeds, you’d assume that Narendra Modi will end up with 700 out of a possible 543 seats.

    Fortunately or unfortunately, the truth is a bit more complicated as we are a parliamentary democracy and not a presidential republic. In all probability, the likes of Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Jayalalithaa, Naveen Patnaik and Jagan might end up having a say in the government formation. Let’s examine the possibilities using numerology. The results will be known on16th May 2014. So there are two key numbers to bear in mind: 16 which works out to 7 (1+6) and 16/5/2014 which summates to 1. Usually, the one with a name number, birth number or fadic number (sum of all the digits of date of birth) that matches with 7 or 1, will have a fair shot at heading the government. That’s what happened with Manmohan Singh in 2009. His fadic number 5 resonated with the fadic number of 16/5/2009 (the date on which Lok Sabha ’09 election results were announced).

    The name number of NDA is 1. Which means, there’s a bright prospect of an NDA government. Curiously, Narendra Modi’s numbers are not aligned either to 1 or 7. On the contrary, Rajnath Singh’s is. So is Arun Jaitley’s. Does that mean Rajnath or Arun might pip NaMo to the big post?

    That’s what the numbers say. Such a scenario can only arise if the NDA falls short of majority by at least 40-50 seats. In which case, new coalition partners would come into play.

    Again a bit of number gazing throws up potential partners. Jagan’s fadic number is 7. 1 is the fadic number of Mayawati and Naveen Patnaik. MK Stalin’s birth number is 1. Ditto with Nitish Kumar. Does that mean we are going to end up with an NDA government backed by DMK, BSP, BJD and YSR Congress? Seems highly unlikely, right? I hope so, too. But numbers have an uncanny knack of ruling our lives. So fasten your seat belts and get ready for a bumpy ride!

    -Anantha Narayan (How wrong were my predictions? Mail your reactions to anantha@albertdali.com)

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