New Delhi: After dethroning the BJP with a successful post-poll alliance with the Janta Dal-Secular in the Karnataka Assembly, the Congress has now taken the first step in forming an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) ahead of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly election.
According to sources “the discussions were still in preliminary stages but the possibility that the two parties could end up working together in the assembly elections, considered the semi-finals for the 2019 elections, was ‘quite plausible’.
The Congress party wants to form an alliance with Mayawati’s BSP as the Dalit powerhouse of Uttar Pradesh has been averaging nearly 7 per cent of the vote for the last 20 years. If these votes were to be added to the Congress’s 36 per cent vote share, the Congress thinks it would put the opposition within striking distance of blocking the BJP which secured 45 per cent vote.
With a huge anti-incumbency against the Shivraj Singh Chauhan led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress party wants to utilize every possible aspect.