BJP-Nitish tie-up to strengthen saffron ranks in Hindi heartland

Keen on boosting its prospects for the 2019 election+ , the alliance with Nitish Kumar will help BJP consolidate itself in UP and Bihar, dominating the Hindi heartland that accounts for 120 Lok Sabha seats

 

The re-alignment between BJP and JD(U) will increase NDA's clout but could also spur a reworking of relations within the remainder of the opposition where even bitter foes like SP and BSP might be tempted to joining hands to prevent being steamrollered by a saffron-led juggernaut

 

Left with Congress as an ally, RJD chief Lalu Prasad may also seek smaller partners like Jitan Manjhi who had defected from JD(U) to team up with BJP in a failed bid to unseat Nitish in 2015

 

Lalu may also try and pry Rashtriya Lok Samta Party leader Upendra Kushwaha from the NDA ranks

 

BJP and its allies won 31 of 40 seats in 2014 and party has been exploring ways to retain the numbers after the setback it suffered in November 2015 when a grand alliance o

 

Lalu-Nitish-Congress presented a caste coalition that proved too difficult to beat in the assembly polls

 

A presence in the new coalition and the new caste combination could energise the BJP ranks and help beat incumbency in 2019

 

After defeat in the 2015 assembly polls, BJP was concerned about its chances in the state which had played vital role in helping the party form the government at the Centre with a thumping majority.Break of the grand alliance also hurts the possibility of the regional satraps joining hands forming a larger regional alliance to combat the BJP under Modi.Lalu has repeatedly talked about "brokering" an alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh.Lalu has repeatedly talked about "brokering" an alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh.

 

Source: Times of India