Whatever be the result of five States and the fate of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to formulate strong anti-BJP opposition alliance at national level, one thing is clear from the present political scenario. The Maharashtra is gearing up to form the largest political alliance in Maharashtra, than any other part of the country.
The Congress and its oldest ally NCP are reaching out to each and every small and big party, trying to persuade them to join the Opposition bandwagon. The Congress and NCP have finalised their alliance partners. Though the seat-sharing formula has not been decided, some arrangement is ready and has already been discussed. Both parties will stick to the old formula. The BSP and Raju Shetti’s party will also join the Congress and NCP, and will get one seat each from the latter’s quota.
Now, the Congress is talking to Prakash Ambedkar’s party for a tie-up. On the other hand, the NCP is in talks with Raj Thackeray’s MNS. Though the Congress is not ready to take the MNS into the alliance, Sharad Pawar might have other things in mind. The NCP chief might persuade Raj to either not fight the Lok Sabha Elections or field such a candidate who will pose a threat to the candidates of the BJP and Shiv Sena.
Apart from that, the Congress and NCP are also reaching out to the Left parties and AAP. Though these parties don’t have much hold in Maharashtra, an alliance will be finalised with them and they will be given a chance to fight the Assembly Elections. A similar arrangement can be made for the SP as well.