NO ALLIANCES PLEASE
Despite being cold shouldered by the BSP in the coming state elections, the Congress is in an upbeat mood. One reason for this is that recent opinion polls are giving the party the edge in not just Rajasthan but Madhya Pradesh as well. The fact that Rahul’s rallies are drawing decent crowds has also boosted party morale. This was one of the considerations before the party when it considered Mayawati’s rather sizeable demand for seats, more so when the BSP has not been able to convert its vote-bank in the state into a sizeable chunk of seats in the past. The view within the party is also that if the Congress ends up giving in to the allies’ demands in states where it is the bigger player, then it will have little bargaining clout in states like Uttar Pradesh where it’s a lesser player.