FED­ER­AL­ISM’S RISE

The Asian Age - - Edit -

RE­GIONAL PAR­TIES will be king­mak­ers in the com­ing Lok Sabha polls. Re­al­is­ing their im­por­tance, The Con­gress is stitch­ing al­liances with the RJD in Bi­har, NCP in Ma­ha­rash­tra, JD( S) in Kar­nataka, JMM in Jhark­hand, and the Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Jammu and Kash­mir. The BJP’s at­tempt for an al­liance with the AIADMK and DMK, re­spec­tively, in the post-Jay­alalithaa and post- Karunanidhi eras has failed so far. The Con­gress needs a tie- up with DMK in Tamil Nadu, if the largest sec­u­lar party and its al­lies want to cross the half­way mark in the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions. Khokan Das Kolkata

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