Lok Sabha Polls: For the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled for next year, political parties have begun their preparations. Two major alliances have already taken shape for these elections.
One of them is the NDA (National Democratic Alliance), which includes more than 35 parties. On the other hand, the 'India Alliance' has formed with the participation of more than 25 parties.
The India Alliance comprises prominent parties like the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, RJD, JD(U), NCP, Shiv Sena (led by Uddhav Thackeray), and several others. This alliance has already held three meetings to strategize and plan for the upcoming elections.
The previous meeting of this alliance took place in Mumbai. There were speculations about the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led by Mayawati joining this alliance, but it did not materialize.
Now, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in five states, the party chief, Mayawati, had called for a meeting in Lucknow. During this meeting, it was decided that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will contest the Lok Sabha elections independently.
Furthermore, it was clarified that recent rumours about the BSP joining the India Alliance, a coalition of various opposition parties, were entirely false.
After the meeting, a press note was released stating that the BSP would not form any alliances with other parties.
Prior to this development, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had declared its intentions for the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections. The party had decided not to go it alone this time and instead opted to form an alliance. For the upcoming elections, the BSP and the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) have entered into a strategic coalition.
Ramji Gautam, a Rajya Sabha member representing the BSP, and Balveer Singh Tomar, the National Secretary of GGP, confirmed this alliance. As per the seat-sharing arrangement in Madhya Pradesh, the BSP will field candidates on 178 seats, while the GGP will contest on 52 seats.
Both parties emphasized their commitment to ending the oppression faced by Dalits, Adivasis, and women in Madhya Pradesh. They expressed confidence that this alliance would lead to the formation of a government focused on justice for the marginalized, putting an end to the dominance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress and ushering in a more equitable era for the state's underprivileged population.