Grand alliance in the making

Lucknow: Opposition parties have geared up in UP to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party BJP from coming to power again at the centre. According to a media report, 4 major opposition parties, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party: (BSP), Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have agreed to the outline.

The Week with reference to the Congress insiders stated that the party high command has been working on a CMP (Common Minimum Programme) to forge an alliance with other like-minded parties. The seat sharing will be decided at a later stage.

Those who are actively working hard to give shape to the alliance include Congress leaders Ahamed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Sharad Pawar is said to have met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BSP chief Mayawati.

The strategy is to give a tough fight to the BJP in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal, so that it could become very difficult for the ruling party to retain power. The focus is on Uttar Pradesh where BJP had won 71 seats in 2014 polls.