BJP rebel, BSP pact to hit Raj Cong

Mayawati, BVP hold seat- shar­ing talks

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Con­gress could be in trou­ble in Ra­jasthan with BSP chief Mayawati de­cid­ing to join hands with a BJP splin­ter group led by Ghanashyam Ti­wari, a six- time Brah­min MLA, for the De­cem­ber 7 Assem­bly elec­tions. Talks are on be­tween Mr Ti­wari’s out­fit Bharat Vahini Party ( BVP), the BSP and a few smaller en­ti­ties for a seat­shar­ing pact, sources said.

While the Con­gress has re­fused to align with any other Op­po­si­tion party, the Left par­ties and the Sa­ma­jwadi Party have formed a sec­u­lar demo­cratic front of their own. In such a sit­u­a­tion the BSPBVP al­liance could lead to a four- cor­nered fight on most of the seats, dam­ag­ing Con­gress’ prospects.

The Con­gress could be in trou­ble in Ra­jasthan with Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party ( BSP) chief Mayawati de­cid­ing to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) splin­ter group led by Ghan­shyam Ti­wari for the forth­com­ing Assem­bly elec­tions.

Talks are on be­tween Mr Ti­wari’s out­fit Bharat Vahini Party, the BSP and a few smaller en­ti­ties for a seat- shar­ing pact, sources said. Mr Ti­wari, sit­ting MLA from the San­ganer Assem­bly con­stituency, was a for­mer ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter in the Ra­jasthan gov­ern­ment. He was a se­nior leader of the BJP in Ra­jasthan and a mem­ber of the party’s cen­tral work­ing com­mit­tee be­fore fall­ing out with chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje

Scin­dia and form­ing his own po­lit­i­cal out­fit.

With BSP and Mr Ti­wari’s out­fit com­ing to­gether it could be a four cor­nered fight in Ra­jasthan in which split­ting of anti- BJP votes could dam­age Con­gress’ prospects.

While the Con­gress has re­fused to align with any other Op­po­si­tion party to take on the BJP, the Left par­ties and Sa­ma­jwadi Party have formed a sec­u­lar demo­cratic front of their own.

An­a­lysts spec­u­late that the BSP align­ing with Mr Ti­wari’s party will re­sult in a dent in Con­gress votes. The Con­gress, mean­while, was plan­ning to bring out the list of can­di­dates for Ra­jasthan on Oc­to­ber 22 for which its screen­ing com­mit­tee headed by Ku­mari Selja has sought rec­om­men­da­tions from the 44- mem­ber pradesh elec­tion com­mit­tee ( PEC). The state goes to the polls on De­cem­ber 7.

If the rec­om­men­da­tion of PEC mem­bers matches the names pro­posed by the sec­re­tary in charge, the party will fi­nalise those tick­ets, a se­nior Con­gress leader said adding the re­sults of ground sur­vey will also be taken into ac­count.

“If the party gives a ticket on rec­om­men­da­tion of a PEC mem­ber then that mem­ber will have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity of win­ning that seat,” he added.

Con­gress has re­fused to align with any other Op­po­si­tion party to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in Ra­jasthan.

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