For 2019 Lok Sabha elections, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started gearing up for now. BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are continuously making rallies to repeat the 2014 hits and counting the plans of the Center. At the same time, if some opposition parties are left, the preparation of most parties is still equal to zero. Meanwhile, Yashwant Sinha, former BJP leader and minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, has given grants to opposition parties to defeat Modi. Yashwant Sinha, who quit BJP recently, cautioned the opposition parties, who said he was against BJP’s Modi. Do not get caught in the trap of the question and put the main alliance on the ground.
Under the Yashwant’s formula, all the opposition parties including the Congress (MahaGathbandhan) should come together before the election to challenge the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. According to him, if the opposition does not announce the faces for the post of Prime Minister, it will more beneficial for them.
According to former Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, all regional parties should come together, It can include Congress and other small parties on the basis of regional issues. He said that it is important for the Federal Front to present the agenda of the Governance firmly. Federal Front Formula has also been raised by West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC President Mamta Banerjee. Under this, the larger party of the state should help other regional parties.
According to Sinha, the opposition can benefit from the pre-election alliance in five major states UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. If we talk about the total seats of these states, then 210 seats come. Out of this, BJP had won 145 seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But recently, with the opposition alliance including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and National Lok Dal (RLD), in the Lok Sabha elections of Uttar Pradesh, they gave a shocking result to BJP and its allies.
But Congress was not in alliance
However, the Congress was far away from this alliance. In Bihar, Congress and the RJD alliance performed well in the by-elections. In Jharkhand, due to the unity of the opposition, 100 percent results was shown. Similarly, Congress and JDS in Karnataka formed the alliance government. The Coalition examination was held in the Jayanagar assembly by-election. Where the opposition snatched the seats from BJP. This seat was held by the BJP in the 2008 elections.
Yashwant Sinha said that the opposition is already united to defeat BJP in the first five states. In other states, there is a strong fight between the Congress and the BJP. Referring to the bye-elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, he said that the Congress was here to benefit. Assembly elections are going to be held in both the states. He said that the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 are going to depend on these assembly elections result.
Effect of Regional parties?
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 104 seats. BJP had captured all the seats of Himachal, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. Yashwant Sinha said that there will be no such results in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Yashwant Sinha, referring to West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, said that there is domination of regional parties like; TMC, BJD, TDP, TRS, DMK, LDF, and UDF.
There are 164 Lok Sabha seats in these states. BJP out of which won only eight seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. According to him, BJP has strengthened its presence in these states but this is not enough. But regional parties need to be careful.
What will happen if Alliance not form?
Yashwant Sinha said that if the alliance does not form at the national level and only takes the form of alliance formation in the states like Uttar Pradesh, then BJP will be in a large disadvantage. However, he said that we must keep a threat in mind. Sinha said that if the BJP emerges as the largest party then the difficulties will increase. The President will invite the biggest party to form the government. If BJP receives an invitation, then he will do everything possible to mobilize the numbers and trying to connect/merge regional parties and independent candidates in their own right. Opposition parties should take into account all these possibilities and prepare strategies for upcoming Lok Sabha Polls.