In poll-bound Telangana, the ruling TRS and the Congress-led opposition alliance claim that it is going to be a straight fight between them and that the BJP is not in the reckoning.
BJP, on the other hand, claims that the southern state is staring at a hung verdict, indicating that it will emerge as a kingmaker.
"They (BJP) had five seats (in the dissolved Assembly). They may get one or two this time," All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Telangana affairs R C Khuntia said.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader in the caretaker government, K T Rama Rao, son of party supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao, echoed a similar view.
"The Congress is our main rival. The BJP does not exist in Telangana," he said.
Rama Rao claimed that the BJP candidates would forfeit their deposits in more than 100 seats (of the 119 in the state) and "not even one MLA in the just-dissolved House will return".
TRS floor leader in the Lok Sabha A P Jithender Reddy said it would be "great" for the BJP if it succeeded in retaining its five seats and claimed that the Amit Shah-led party was even finding it difficult to get candidates for the December 7 polls.
Mr Khuntia said the people of Telangana were looking at a contest between the Congress-led alliance and the TRS.
"There is no in-between. Neither the BJP nor the smaller parties can create confidence among the people that they can form the government. The fight is between the Congress-led alliance and the TRS," he added.
But BJP is looking at the scenario differently.
"We are being seen as an underdog. We are being rated far below our potential. We certainly think the BJP will produce a very surprising and positive result in Telangana," BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told PTI.
"What we are staring at is in all probability a hung kind of an Assembly and the BJP emerging as a decisive player," he said.
The BJP fought the 2014 Assembly polls in alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), winning five seats. This time, it is going it alone.
The 119-member Telangana Assembly will go to the polls on December 7 and the results will be announced on December 11.
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