Most of the opposition leaders admit that they prefer state-wise alliances rather than a national alliance to strengthen their cadre base. Post-poll strategies could be worked out depending on the numbers, they say.
The BJP didn’t win any Lok Sabha seat in 2014 in Kerala. But its leaders are hopeful of a turnaround this year as the party has increased its vote share from seven per cent in 2009 to around 11 per cent in 2014.
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has made clear that he has no plans to ally with the grand old party that badly needs allies to recover its lost ground in Uttar Pradesh which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.
Priyanka’s public appearance comes at a time when the Congress is facing a formidable challenge in taking on the BJP, which is riding high on the narrative of national fervour after the Balakot airstrike of the Indian Air Force
With elections round the corner, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia tells Outlook about his party’s winning possibilities, its strained ties with the BSP and the road ahead for general elections 2019.