Republic TV has ascertained exclusive and sensational details of the Opposition's potential strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
As per sources, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, in coordination with the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), wants to avoid a division of votes and put up only one candidate per seat against the BJP in about 350 seats.
The ambitious strategy is based on the recent bypoll successes in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP lost the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, earlier held by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, to BSP-backed Samajwadi Party candidates, and the more recent Kairana bypoll where the BJP's candidate lost to a joint-Opposition-backed RLD candidate.
Mamata Banerjee wants that the RLD, SP and BSP come together in Uttar Pradesh for the elections in UP, where the BJP managed a massive 71 of 80 seats in 2014, while the NCP and Congress should come together in Maharashtra, as they did for the Bhandara-Gondia bypoll win.
The West Bengal CM was among the first leaders to talk about such pre-poll alliances to beat the BJP, shortly after its strong showing in the recent assembly elections in the North East states. Telangana CM KCR had issued similar remarks and the pair had even met in Kolkata. Recently, a post-poll alliance of the Congress and JD(S) came into power in Karnataka and has announced an alliance for the 2019 General Elections. At the swearing in of HD Kumaraswamy as Karnataka CM, a number of Opposition leaders were invited and put up a united front. Mamata Banerjee had stood shoulder-to-shoulder with former NDA ally Chandrababu Naidu and warned that anyone who challenges regional parties would be destroyed.