SP-BSP tie-up may put pressure on Congress
THE Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have kept the Congress out of their alliance to take on the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The move is likely to put pressure on the Congress in Karnataka when the party leaders start negotiations for seat sharing in the next few days.
The Congress’ coalition partner JD(S) is demanding 12 of the Lok Sabha 28 seats and may settle for nine or ten seats. However, selection of seats will be the most difficult part of the negotiations as JD(S), which has a strong base in South Karnataka, will be eyeing most seats from this region.
After being left out of the SP-BSP alliance in UP, Congress will be under some pressure to negotiate seat sharing as it cannot be seen as if the party is going to the LS polls without any allies.
Analysts, however, feel that it may not have an impact in the state as Congress in Karnataka is in a better position to negotiate and JD(S) too has no option but to go with the grand old party to improve its tally in the Lok Sabha.
“I don’t think the UP alliance announcement puts any additional pressure on Congress to concede to JD(S) demands,” said political analyst Prof Sandeep Shastri.
According to him, in Karnataka, Congress is a force and a larger party in the alliance,while in UP, it is on back foot and struggling to retain its four or fifth position.
“In Karnataka, Congress will negotiate with much greater strength and JD(S) that started the negotiations by pitching for 12, may even agree for seven or eight seats,” he said. “Even in UP, I won’t be surprised if the SP-BSP decides to accommodate Congress by giving four or five seats. This is a beginning of the process. “
Political analyst Prof Harish Ramaswamy too says the SP-BSP alliance will not impact JD(S) and Congress negotiation for seat sharing as both parties do not have any option but to face the elections together to do well.
“In Karnataka, Congress may accept nine or 10 seats, but it will go with JD(S) definitely,” he added.
SP President Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati