22 September, 2020

Walking On The Edge

Despite the reverses, the BJP-led government at the Centre looks safe for now

Walking On The Edge
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There’s little doubt that the spectre of losing face in Uttar Pradesh is a body blow to the bjp. Nevertheless, the nda government will survive, at least for now. Much, however, will depend upon the kind of alliances worked out in the state to facilitate government formation. bjp supporters apprehend trouble if the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Congress and other like-minded parties tie up at the regional level as it has the potential for a possible, future national-level anti-nda alliance.

Most analysts agree that without the active participation of the Congress— given the seat-sharing equation in the Lok Sabha—any change of the central government at the present moment is not possible. Added to this is the fact that the bjp’s allies say they are following the nda agenda and as long as that is being adhered to, results of a state election—even of an important one like UP—don’t matter.

While the Congress is trying hard to claim that the UP election is a vote against the government at the Centre, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is equally categorical in...

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