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Election Epicentre: Alliance Wars to Define The Fight For 2019?

Feb 20, 2019 08:31 PM IST India India

In 2014 - it was the Modi factor that gave the BJP a thumping majority and sidelined the opposition to fringe players in the political arena. After the Congress surge in the 2018 state elections - where the party won 3 big states in the hindi heartland - the game has moved beyond the appeal of personalities - to who has the most formidable alliance to gather the numbers at the Centre. The BJP has been on a roll - securing alliances in Bihar, Maharashtra & most notably in Tamil Nadu - The AIADMK will contest 25 seats, PMK gets 7 seats while the BJP will contest 5 seats. The Congress is countering the BJP with an alliance with the DMK - No deal as been signed yet - but sources say DMK will get the lion's share of 20-25 seats, Congress will get 10 seats including Puducherry - while DMK will hold talks with the LEFT and other smaller regional parties. However - despite the joint rallies - there is no Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Andhra, Telangana, Delhi and Punjab. So in the battle of alliances - who will ultimately hold the pan india edge to secure victory at the Centre and is South India setting the tone for the 2019 fight? 129 seats are up for grabs in the South - that's 24% of the seats in the Lok Sabh