Grand Alliance against BJP in MP Assembly polls may be flop show

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jul 2018 10:36:51



A review of previous three Assembly election results in the State shows that total number of seats of all the anti-BJP parties is less than 50% of the seats won by BJP

By Ashish Rajput

Efforts of forming ‘Grand Alliance’ to beat Bharatiya Janata Party in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections – 2018 is likely to be a flop show. A review of previous three assembly election results in the State shows that total number of seats of all the anti-BJP parties is less than 50 per cent of the seats won by BJP.Congress is out of power in Madhya Pradesh since last 15-years and trying to left no stone unturned to regain its strength and breaking the victory run of BJP in the State. All the parties are toiling hard to strengthen their vote bank ensuing the coming winter for assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress is claiming to form a grand alliance with support from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) etc in a bid to end the rule of BJP in Madhya Pradesh.After a long regime of Congress, BJP emerged as biggest party in separated MP with complete majority in the State Assembly polls–2003. Thereafter, BJP never turned back and won the two consecutive elections in the year 2008 and 2013. On the other hand, the popularity of Congress declined in last three assembly elections. While, presence of other parties like BSP, SP, CPI, JD(U) and CPI(M) was also negligible in previous three elections.

BJP had started its victory run with winning maximum number of 173 of the 230 seats in 2003 which was reduced with 143 seats in 2008 but BJP was in majority in the assembly. In year 2013, BJP retained its strength and registered another big victory with 165 seats.On the other hand, Congress lost its ground in the state in 2003 and secured only 38 of the 230 seats and lost two more elections with 71 seats in 2008 and 58 seats in 2013.