Regional parties compel BJP, Cong to reconsider strategies

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2018 14:21:15


By Rajan Raikwar,

THE BJP and Congress are busy in selecting candidates for Assembly elections and at the same time they are trying to gauge political situation in the wake of challenges posed by regional parties such as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), SAPAKS, Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP), AAP etc. Both major parties are keeping their fingers crossed as far as threat from regional parties is concerned. As this election has become a high voltage one as the Congress is roaring to make a comeback by pumping all the energy, BJP is moving cautiously.

BJP is also not behind in trying to appease disgruntled leaders. This was evident when Kala Kanon Virodhi Morcha’s leader Raghunandan Sharma was taken back into BJP. Raghunandan Sharma was trying to raise his voice in line with SAPAKS which is against caste-based reservation and in favour of reservation on economic ground.

SAPAKS Party President and ex-IAS officer Heeralal Trivedi, when contacted, told ‘The Hitavada’ that both the major parties are trying to damage SAPAKS but things are not happening as per their plan. He also claimed that SAPAKS is getting support of even SC/ST people as major chunk of SC/ST people feel that they have not received actual benefits over the years and only some people have been benefited.

“SAPAKS will get more seats in SC/ST belt of Madhya Pradesh,” he said. Moreover, troubles are galore for BJP and Congress as BSP has also announced for the first time that it will contest elections on all 230 Assembly seats. This announcement of BSP has also made BJP and Congress to reconsider their election strategy as normally BSP used to fight elections on limited seats. BSP has a stronghold in Gwalior and Chambal belt and areas adjoining Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party is also flexing its muscles to fight election on maximum seats. AAP is also contesting Assembly elections on all 230 assembly seats. GGP is a silent player in tribal heartland of the State and has all the guts to surprise everyone. Senior BJP leader and ex-Union Minister Vikram Verma, when contacted, told ‘The Hitavada’ that regional parties including BSP have never been a threat to BJP. Rather they have always damaged Congress. For instance, growth of BSP in Rewa belt has weakened Congress and this helped BJP to substantiate its position in Vindya region. Talking about newly formed SAPAKS, he told SAPAKS party office-bearers are retired bureaucrats who have no hold on ground-level. SAPAKS is also not having any known leader with it. The fight is mainly between BJP and Congress.