By Rahil Nora Chopra
Before the starting of the Lok Sabha election campaign, the political parties are busy in adjustment between the parties. In Karnataka, the Congress and JD(S) have formed the alliance for Lok Sabha election to defeat the BJP. In West Bengal, the Congress will make an alliance with the left parties. In Maharashtra the Congress is going to fight the Lok Sabha election with the alliance of NCP, Left parties, Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Aghadi Party and other smaller regional parties. In Tamil Nadu the Congress has made an alliance with DMK and in Bihar the Congress is trying to make an alliance with RJD, Left Parties and smaller parties. In Uttar Pradesh the Congress is making an alliance with smaller regional parties but Congress is still hoping for last minute compromise with BSP-SP alliance which is feeling the heat because the Congress has emerged a third force in UP and many BSP and SP potential Lok Sabha candidates are joining the Congress in the hope of tickets. The hurdles in the effort to pursue SP-BSP to allot more seats to Congress in UP is Mayawati’s demand for seats in several states for forming alliance wit the Congress in UP.
FRESH POSSIBILITY OF CONGRESS-AAP ALLIANCE TALKS FOR DELHI SEATS
All the opposition leaders including Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, Farooq Abdullah and Chandra Babu Naidu are pressurising both the Congress and AAP to forge an alliance to fight against the BJP in Delhi, Delhi State Congress President Sheila Dikshit met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence and discussed the issue of alliance with AAP again. According to senior Congress leader PC Chacko, Several Congress leaders support the alliance with AAP and trying to convince Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Chacko further said that he did not know what had transpired between Sheila Dikshit and Sonia Gandhi. Earlier this week after the meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Sheila Dikshit told that her party will not tie-up with AAP.
CONGRESS-LEFT SEAT SHARING TALKS IN BENGAL REACH ADVANCED STAGE
According to three leaders of CPI(M) politburo, the hurdles for seat adjustment with Congress in West Bengal are over and both the parties will soon decide the seat sharing in West Bengal. According to State Congress President Somen Mitra, the things are yet to be finalised and the party will talk with left parties in a day or two. In the last Lok Sabha election, Trinamool won 34 seats out of 42 seats of West Bengal. The Congress won 4 seats and the left and BJP won 2 seats each. The left wants that Congress should leave the two parliamentary seats held by CPI(M) and will talk for the remaining seats.
DIGVIJAYA SINGH MAY CONTEST FROM BHOPAL IN LOK SABHA POLL
The Congress is yet to announce nominations for Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh but the scions of political dynasties have been given the go-ahead to starr campaigning from their respective family seats. MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul who till now has stayed in the background, hopes to contest from Chindwara, the parliamentary seat which his father won nine times. Arjun Singh’s son Ajay Singh may have lost the election last time but is all set to contest from Satna. Arun Yadav, former PCC chief and the son of former minister Subhash Yadav will stand from Khandwa. According to sources, Digvijay Singh is going to fight from Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat while Chief Minister Kamal Nath has advised Diggi Raja to fight the Lok Sabha seat from Bhopal.
EVEN IN RURAL UTTAR PRADESH, POLL WAR IS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It’s not for nothing that the Uttar Pradesh satraps including Mayawati have taken to twitter like duck to water. In some ways UP is a rural hinterland no more. Broadband connectivity pervades across the state and it’s no longer powered by 3G but 4G spectrum. If political parties are to be believed the Lok Sabha elections will be fought on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp like never before. Along with the BJP which has the first mover’s advantage, the SP, BSP, Congress are readying their social media armies for the new battle. Hindi, therefore, is logging higher numbers on social media. (IPA)