When the Congress party and its prominent allies are boasting that they have joined hands to counter the Narendra Modi led BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the saffron party has set a biggest ever trap against the Congress led grand alliance.
In quick successions, the Bharatiya Janata Party has succeeded in forming alliance with key regional players in several states. The recent edition to that is the state of Jharkhand where the BJP has joined hands with All Jharkhand Student’s Union (AJSU).
There are a total of 14 MP seats in Jharkand and now the BJP will contest 13 seats while the AJSU will put up its candidate in Giridih Lok Sabha constituency. Note that in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won in 12 constituencies and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) had won in the remaining two seats.
In last couple of months, BJP has stitched three major alliance in various parts of the nation. First one was that with Nitish Kumar’s JDU and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP. Here the BJP has agreed to contest in 17 seats even though it had won in 17 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While the JDU will contest in 17 seats, LJP will fight in 6 seats. After the alliance was formed, the political analysts are claiming that NDA will bag over 35 seats in Bihar.
Another path breaking alliance was that with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. In the recent days, the Shiv Sena was claiming that it would go solo in the Lok Sabha elections but deep within, even this regional player knew that it could be washed out if it doesn’t form an alliance with the BJP. After the alliance, BJP will now contest in 25 constituencies and Shiv Sena will fight in 23 constituencies. The Marathi heartland has the second highest seats (48) after Uttar Pradesh.
Other than Karnataka, the BJP didn’t make any significant impact in any other south-Indian states. But this time it won’t be the case as the BJP has struck an alliance in Tamil Nadu. With 39 constituencies, one cannot ignore this Tamil speaking state. After the alliance, AIADMK will contest in 27 seats and the BJP will fight in 5 seats and 7 seats are reserved to Pattali Makkal Katchi. It is said that few more smaller parties will join NDA.
Note that BJP will go with Akali Dal in Punjab and in the north-eastern states it has formed a string of alliance with the regional players. Looking at the current situation, the BJP’s alliance certainly looks grand than the “Grand Alliance” of Congress party.