A few days after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) confirmed that they will fight the upcoming Madhya Pradesh 2019 elections on their own, eight political parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP), CPM and CPI are planning to form an alliance for the polls in the state.
The Madya Pradesh elections, which will take place in 2019 along with the general elections, was expected to be a contest between the present ruling party, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition parties, who have joined hands together to form a 'Mahagathbandhan' in their quest to dethrone the ruling government.
But the decision by Mayawati-led BSP, which announced its first list of 22 candidates on Thursday, indicates a rift within the association. Following this, SP, CPM, CPI, Bahujan Sangharsh Dal, Gondwana Gantantra Party, Rashtriya Samanta Dal, Prajatantrik Samadhan Party and Loktantrik Janata Dal are set to meet on September 30 over an proposed alliance, which will not only see them take on the BJP, but also the BSP.
This is the second major rift in the 'Mahagthbandhan' arising from decisions taken by BSP in the past few days. Earlier this week, Mayawati's party snubbed Congress and announced a pre-poll alliance with former Chattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi's Janta Congress for the upcoming elections in the state.
Though, many parties, including Congress, had downplayed the decision by the former UP Chief Minister. Senior Congress leader Raj Babbar, speaking to the media on this issue, had said, "It is their decision. It is for state polls, not Lok Sabha polls. For assembly polls, everyone has their plans. It is different when it comes to lok sabha polls."
Similar sentiments were expressed by the JD(S), who are in power in Karnataka having formed a coalition government with Congress. "No problem with the alliance. Mayawati ji has clearly said that to keep out BJP, her party would align with others. Seat sharing depends from state to state. JDU and BJP had negotiations in Bihar, likewise in Chattisgarh, BSP has aligned with that party. Mayawati only said party that she'll go with the party that offers respectable seat share," JD(S)' Abdul Razzaq said.