SP-BSP tie-up may put pres­sure on Congress

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU/SOUTH -

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

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