29 Mar 2024

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Seat Distribution Woes Grip I.N.D.I.A Alliance; Concerns Mount for SP in UP

Amidst the fervor surrounding the upcoming Lok Sabha elections-2024, the political landscape in India is witnessing a surge in activity. However, discord within the I.N.D.I.A alliance regarding seat allocation has intensified, particularly drawing attention to Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, which collectively hold 210 Lok Sabha seats.

Cong feeling marginalized in Bihar

Bihar, known for its pivotal role in determining political fortunes, remains a focal point with its 40 Lok Sabha seats. While coordination between BJP and JDU seems intact, tensions simmer within the opposition grand alliance. Congress's ire is directed towards the ticket distribution orchestrated by former Bihar CM and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, raising suspicions of collusion with BJP, which has left Congress feeling marginalized.

Rumors abound that RJD is reluctant to allocate more than 5-6 seats to Congress. The grand old party is feeling betrayed. Moreover, unilateral candidate announcements by RJD further compound Congress's grievances. Sources also say that some seats which Lalu Yadav seems ready to consider giving to Congress are also not strong seats of Congress.

SP-led PDA alliance struggles to find its footing in UP

In Uttar Pradesh, boasting 80 Lok Sabha seats, the SP-led PDA alliance struggles to find its footing. Despite aspirations to challenge the BJP-led NDA, internal strife plagues smaller coalition partners. There are discussions that Apna Dal (Kamerawadi), which is part of the PDA formed by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, is going to get the Mirzapur seat, but it has not been announced yet. At the same time, there is internal tension in Samajwadi Party regarding ticket distribution. Akhilesh Yadav has to change the tickets of the candidates again and again.

Disarray within the INDIA Alliance in W Bengal

West Bengal's 42 Lok Sabha seats also witness disarray within the INDIA Alliance. The announcement of separate candidates by Congress and Left Front for the Cooch Behar constituency signifies a setback in alliance-building efforts. Mamata Banerjee's TMC, meanwhile, has preemptively named candidates for all 42 seats, further complicating matters.

MVA coalition faces turbulence in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition faces turbulence, notably evident in Shiv Sena (Uddhav)'s unilateral declaration of 17 candidates, sidelining Congress contenders in key constituencies. Congress contenders were waiting for tickets on three of these seats. Which includes Mumbai North West Lok Sabha seats along with Mumbai South Central and Mumbai North Central. 

Sharad Pawar is also angry with this announcement. According to media reports, Sharad Pawar says that our allies are not following the coalition dharma. Senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam is also angry after the announcement of the ticket. Sanjay was preparing to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West. Rahul Gandhi himself had assured him of the ticket. But Uddhav group gave ticket to Amol Kirtikar here.

As the electoral battlefield heats up, the I.N.D.I.A alliance grapples with internal dissent, jeopardizing its prospects in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections-2024.

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