Dump BJP, Congress’ condition for Nitish Kumar to revive ‘Mahagathbandhan’ for 2019 - Financial Express
The ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) can be revived if Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snaps ties with the BJP-led NDA, the Congress party’s state in-charge and national spokesperson Shakti Singh Gohil said today. “If any such possibility emerges, then we will definitely discuss it with our allies,” Gohil told PTI Bhasha when asked how the party would react if Kumar decides to return.
BSP identifying seats where it can field candidates in 2019 - Sanjay Singh, Economic Times
After Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav reiterated his commitment to form an Opposition alliance against the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party has started identifying seats from where it can field candidates in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Nitish Kumar trying hard to prove he's the boss in Bihar - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
The BJP top brass is trying to find a counter move against the manoeuvring of its ally in Bihar, the JDU. It was to reach an amicable solution that Amit Shah had a meeting with the LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan last Sunday. When the core team of the JDU was meeting in Patna, Shah was in talks with Paswan. After the meeting, Paswan said they discussed the issues of changes in the SC/ST Act, reservation in promotion for Dalits, and special status for Bihar. But in all likelihood, the core agenda was to discuss the political situation in the State.
Samajwadi Party willing to play second fiddle to BSP in 2019: Akhilesh Yadav - Anuja Jaiswal, Times of India
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has said that his party is willing to play second fiddle to BSP in order to ensure BJP’s defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Akhilesh, who was in Mainpuri on Sunday to unveil the statue of a former pradhan in Jaurai village of the district, said his party was willing to make a compromise and contest fewer seats if it helped to ensure BJP’s rout in the general elections next year.
Pranab triggers political football - Pioneer
The reverberation of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit on Thursday to the RSS headquarters and his speech to the graduating RSS cadre there has continued in the political corridor amid wild speculation about his future political moves.
HD Kumaraswamy forms cabinet, but can Congress survive in Karnataka after abject surrender to JD(S)? - Srinivasa Prasad, Firstpost
Congress leaders across India are used to kneeling before the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. But in Karnataka, they must now genuflect before a second family as well: that of Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda, and his son and chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.
Shiv Sena terms BJP its 'biggest political enemy' days after loss in Palghar bypoll - Firstpost
In one of the sharpest attacks after the recently held Lok Sabha bypoll in Palghar, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday described BJP as its biggest "political enemy". The country "does not" want the duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, but could "accept" the Congress or JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda, he said.
Does an everyone else-versus-Modi approach actually help the BJP in the long run? - Rohan Venkataramakrishnan, Scroll
The Congress seems to have made a decision. Its political resolution at the start of the year said the party would follow a “pragmatic approach” when dealing with potential allies. But it was the results in Karnataka in May, and the bye-polls in Uttar Pradesh this year, that seem to have cinched it. From here on, with Lok Sabha elections expected by May 2019, the party that once dominated the country will hope to be a convenor of a grand coalition that seeks to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Cong, JD(S) to contest 2019 LS polls together - Kestur Vasuki, Pioneer
A day after the united Opposition inflicted maximum damage to the BJP in bypolls across 10 States, the Congress and the JD(S) on Friday declared they will contest the next Lok Sabha elections together. The two parties also sorted out all other issues related to portfolios allocation paving the way for the Cabinet expansion on Wednesday. It has also been agreed that Kumaraswamy will be the Chief Minister for the full term.
BJP electoral juggernaut stalls on Opposition unity - Vikas Pathak, Hindu
The BJP’s election machine’s famed appetite to wrest State after State from Opposition parties has set in motion a process that the party may not have anticipated: Opposition unity from one State to another. This is the prime takeaway of the Kairana verdict: a divided Opposition is as important for a party as electoral surges.
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