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Assembly Elections 2018: Why Congress isn’t very keen on alliance with BSP?

Congress had several issues with BSP over forming an alliance in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, as all these states are witnessing a massive caste based revolution.

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Ahead of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, political scenarios are changing every day and the recent announcement of Mayawati over alliance formation with Congress created another stir in the political circles of India. During an interview on Thursday, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh alleged that, Mayawati was under pressure of union government, to not collaborate with Congress and following which, Mayawati ruled out any alliance formation with Congress in poll-bound states.

As per sources, Congress had several issues with BSP over forming an alliance in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, as all these states are witnessing a massive caste based revolution.

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Why Congress did not form the alliance with BSP?

Bahujan Samaj Party is currently focusing on strengthening its organizational structures in poll-bound states, as a result, BSP was trying to pitch 70:30 seat sharing-formula with Congress. Following which, Congress was not showing interest in collaborating with BSP and on Friday, Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh chief, Kamal Nath stated that:

“The list of seats which BSP had given us where they had no chance of winning and the seats which they could have won they had not included in the list”.

Secondly, after facing massive resentment from upper caste community in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Congress did not want to hurt anti-quota groups, as BSP is considered as SC/ST favoured faction. In August 2018 during an event in Ashoknagar, Jyotiraditya Scindia was targeted by Savarn Andolan and following that, Congress is trying to woo un-reserved groups.

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As per the sources, BSP will not play a major role in winning seats in poll-bound states and the party would only affect Dalits dominated areas. Also, there is a big anger towards current BJP governments in poll-bound states and probably, the public is looking for a strong group as replacement of incumbent governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

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