By Rahil Nora Chopra
It seems that Mayawati was waiting for the 2019 Lok Sabha election results and as the results were announced, she chose to break her Mahaghatbandhan alliance with Samajwadi Party and RLD. Although Mayawati-led BSP has won 10 seats in the Lok Sabha election this time, she had not won a single seat in the last Lok Sabha election, of 2014. However, SP had won 5 seats in the last Lok Sabha election when it had fought alone, without teaming up with Mayawati, and this time again, SP has won the same number of seats, that too with an alliance of BSP and RLD. Therefore, it’s important to ask just how could Mayawati blame the SP and RLD for their inability to transfer Yadav and Jat vote to Mayawati’s candidates? In Saharanpur, Bijnor, Nagina, Amroha, Jaunpur and Ghazipur, the LokSabha seats were won by BSP due to the total Muslim votes polled in favour of BSP, simply because of the alliance with SP and RLD. While the Muslim votes were divided in 2014 Lok Sabha election between SP, BSP and Congress, in the 2019 Lok Sabha election if SP was not in the alliance, the Muslim vote would have been divided and BSP could not have won a single seat with only Dalit votes. Mayawati has declared that she will fight alone in the upcoming 11 assembly by-elections. Political observers are claiming that Mayawati’s announcement to go solo is due to many pending inquiries by the central agencies against her, because of which she may even go for an alliance with the BJP to save her own skin.
RAJASTHAN CONGRESS SPLIT BETWEEN GEHLOT & PILOT
At present, Congress is completely divided in Rajasthan between warring factions led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. After losing all the Lok Sabha seats, the Congress party is in shock because they had won the Assembly election just six months back. The state unit of the party was confident of atleast bagging half of the 25 seats in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, the 6 MLAs of BSP supporting Ashok Gehlot government now want representation in the state government. So far, Ashok Gehlot has given the ministership to only the elected RLD MLA. In the same way, 12 independents also want a share in the ministry. On the other hand, few MLAs of the Congress have now started demanding that in place of Ashok Gehlot, the party should give the chief minister’s post to Sachin Pilot. This, while Ashok Gehlot is putting the blame for his son Vaibhav’s defeat in Jodhpur on Sachin Pilot. Now it is up to the central party leadership to decide the fate of the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. It seems that it will take a long time as Congress President Rahul Gandhi does not want to continue as party president, and at present he is not meeting with any state leadership.
BENGAL BURNS WITH BJP-TMC RIVALRY AGGRAVATING
Election of the 17th Lok Sabha has ended and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet have taken their oaths, but it seems that election is still going on in West Bengal. The street-fight and the deaths are carrying on, as are the rallies in favour or against. The Trinamool Congress is in a war mood, while the BJP is trying to build a stronger footing in the state. 17 councilors of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) have joined the BJP, resulting a total control of BJP in the Darjeeling Municipality. Now, the fight between the BJP and TMC converted into a a battle of postcards. While the BJP has declared that 10 lakh postcards with “Jai Shri Ram” slogan will be sent to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the other hand, TMC is targeting about 20 lakh postcard with “Jai Bangla/Jai Hind” slogans to be sent to Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. TMC leader Debashish Banerjee from Dum Dum has already sent 10 thousand letters to Prime Minister Modi. In West Bengal, BJP has won 18 Lok Sabha seats, while they had only 2 seats in 2014.In this election, at least six persons have lost their lives, as TMC and BJP keep blaming each other for the street fights, which show no sign of watering down.
RAJ BHAWAN, OR RAJYA SABHA FOR SUSHMA SWARAJ?
There is no denying that Sushma Swaraj had created a niche for herself with her public interface as the former Minister of External Affairs. Swaraj had had a kidney transplant and also has other health issues: this was the reason she opted out of contesting Lok Sabha elections. But this does not mean an exit from politics or political life. The buzz is that she could either be sent to a Raj Bhawan or brought into the Rajya Sabha.
EXCEPT NITISH, NO NDA ALLY AIRS GRIEVANCE AGAINST MODI-SHAH
After the oath-taking ceremony, only Nitish Kumar, a key NDA ally, had expressed his unhappiness with the BJP for allotting a single ministerial slot to his party. After reaching Patna, Nitish immediately announced the expansion of his Ministry and made eight new Ministers from his party MLAs in the Bihar government. While other NDA allies too have some grievance, but no party or leader has aired them publicly. Ram Vilas Paswan wanted his son Chirag Paswan to be awarded a Ministry and before oath-taking ceremony, the party executive committee had passed a resolution in Chirag Paswan’s favour, but BJP ended up making Ram Vilas Paswan himself a minister. In the same way, Parkash Singh Badal wanted his son Sukhbir Singh Badal to be made a minister, but BJP made Sukhbir’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badala Minister. (IPA)