India’s opposition grand coalition plan hit by exit polls results

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 17:10, May 20, 2019 | Updated : 17:13, May 20, 2019

Amid the results of exit polls results showing India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going to secure the majority, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has skipped meetings with the country’s opposition leaders on Monday, local media reports.
The meeting was being seen as an effort to push for an anti-BJP-led National Democratic Alliance bloc ahead of the lower house election result on May 23, which is now being stalled.
Mayawati skipped the meeting a day after reports surfaced that the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was scheduled to meet Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, according to news channel News18.
“Mayawati ji has no programme or meetings scheduled in Delhi today (Monday), she will be in Lucknow,” senior BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
News18 reports the two sides were brought together by Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who has recently held a flurry of meetings with opposition leaders to rally support for a grand alliance.
Naidu had met Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati and her alliance partner — Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav — on Saturday.
Bringing on board the BSP chief in the alliance would be a major boost for the joint opposition. Earlier, there had been reports that Mayawati was not keen on any meeting before the declaration of the result.
Mayawati, although had earlier on been a part of the opposition meetings, had decided to keep the Congress out of the gathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh, dealing a major blow to the grand old party’s prospects in the crucial state.
The development also comes just a day after exit polls for the 2019 election showed a thumping victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The predictions, however, are divided for the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. While some have given an edge to the mahagathbandhan, the others have predicted BJP way ahead in UP.
On the other hand, the exit polls have shown BJP climbing down to 71 seats from 80 it had won in the state in last general polls.
Ahead of the lower house polls results, the opposition parties have been regrouping to formulate a strategy in case the NDA falls short of the majority mark and there is a need to stake claim to form the government quickly.
Sonia Gandhi has now taken on the mantle of forming the grand coalition and is likely to host a meeting of all major stakeholders in the opposition either on the day of the result or the day after, according to News18.