19 Jul 2023

NDA Meeting: Why Does BJP Need An Alliance Now, Why Regional Parties Are Joining NDA?

NEW DELHI: BJP-led National Democratic Alliance i.e. NDA met in Delhi on Tuesday. Leaders of 38 parties joined a meeting of the BJP-led NDA, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that the bloc is a time-tested alliance that seeks to further national progress and fulfill regional aspirations.

BJP had won 303 seats on its own in the last Lok Sabha elections, BJP's vote share was 37%. Why does it need an alliance now?

Even today, BJP seems to be in a position that it can form the government, but the most important thing is that considering the way the opposition is uniting, BJP is doing a reorganization of the NDA.

BJP does not want to take any risk

BJP does not want to take any risk, it knows that there is no other leader in the country with the popularity of Narendra Modi. But still it called all the small parties to the meeting in Delhi. Many of these parties have one or two seats in the Lok Sabha, some do not even have a single seat.

Those parties which are part of NDA participated in the meeting but some such parties also came which are not part of NDA.

Regional parties join NDA in view of Modi's popularity

Political analysts also say that it has been seen in the last two general elections that the public votes in the name of Narendra Modi and there has not been any major change in his popularity, in such a situation even the regional parties understand this and go to the NDA.

When the NDA was formed in the year 1998, 24 parties participated in it. But there has been a lot of change in the NDA of that time and today's NDA. Today, its allies like Shiv Sena (Undivided), Janata Dal United, Akali Dal are not together with BJP.

In such a situation, before the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year, the BJP has started rebuilding and expanding the NDA once again.

Chirag Paswan's entry was made in NDA a day before the meeting. After the death of Ram Vilas Paswan, there was a split in the LJP.

The pictures of the meeting of JP Nadda and Amit Shah with Chirag Paswan were going viral on social media.

Apart from Chirag Paswan, Upendra Kushwaha of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Mukesh Sahni of Vikassheel Insaan Party and Jitan Ram Manjhi of Hum Party participated in this meeting from Bihar.

The Ajit Pawar faction of the NCP, which joined the NDA, also attended the meeting.

Recent efforts of BJP have paid off

The recent efforts of BJP have paid off in Uttar Pradesh, where Om Prakash Rajbhar, a big name in Purvanchal politics, has changed sides once again before the Lok Sabha elections and has now joined the NDA.

Experts believe that BJP is trying to garner support of small regional parties in the coming elections. After the defeat in Karnataka, the BJP has understood that it needs the support of the parties.

Especially in South where BJP is weak as compared to North India and regional parties are very strong.

BJP may contest alone in some states

However, there are some states where the BJP has given indications of contesting the elections alone. For example, Haryana where Amit Shah said in his recent rally that- "Give all ten seats to BJP."

Here Manohar Lal Khattar's government is in alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party but there is speculation that the two parties may contest the Lok Sabha elections separately.

At the same time, the market of speculation is hot that JDS can fight the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka with BJP.

There are many parties in UP and Bihar which fought the Lok Sabha elections as part of the NDA, but either went to the opposition camp in the state assembly elections or changed sides after the elections. JDU, LJP are examples of this.

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