Alliances are the key to success in the 2009 elections. No longer will alliances be viewed through the prism of two national political parties. Emerging now are smaller parties, represent aspirations of smaller groups, who are now likely to control India's fate. Hello Partner will map new India’s new politics and bring us up to date with all the emerging new alliances.
Days after the Lok Sabha results are out, leaders from Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are now engaged in a war of words over going solo in coming Assembly elections later this year.
National Conference on Tuesday announced unconditional support to Congress-led UPA, along with an Independent from Jammu and Kashmir, saying it wanted to strengthen the "secular" alliance.
The Nagaland People's Front, which has one MP in the Lok Sabha, has decided to support the Congress-led UPA government.
JD(S), which has three MPs in the new Lok Sabha, on Tuesday extended unconditional support to the UPA government.
Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), with its lone Lok Sabha MP, has offered unconditional support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance which is set to form the government at the Centre, SDF president Pawan Kumar Chamling said.
The United Progressive Alliance’s task of crossing the magical majority mark of 272 members in the Lok Sabha just got a little easier. On Monday, of the nine Independents elected this time, six clearly indicated their willingness to join the Treasury benches.
The Trinamool Congress parliamentary party on Monday unanimously elected Mamata Banerjee as its leader and pledged its support to the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
The DMK executive body authorised party President M Karunanidhi to decide about participation in the new UPA government to be formed at the Centre.
UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi Sunday appealed to the party's central leadership to stay away from the SP, the BSP and the RLD while forming the new government at the centre.
The Trinamool Congress, which displayed spectacular performance in West Bengal bagging 19 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, today said it would not bargain for portfolios but wanted a stable government at the Centre.
The Congress won several seats where it didn’t expect to do as well. Its partner, the Nationalist Congress Party, suffered big losses especially in its stronghold of western Maharashtra. Still, they won 17 and eight seats respectively, reports Dharmendra Jore.
A day ahead of announcement of Lok Sabha election results, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan on Friday said the Third Front was not averse to considering Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's name as one of its possible candidates for prime ministership if he extends support to them.
Senior NCP leader PA Sangma today said the BJP could not be termed as "untouchable" and said his party was ready to accept its support if it comes voluntarily to a form a government headed by Sharad Pawar. "Why not? If BJP voluntarily comes out and says it will support Sharad Pawar as Prime Minister, of course we will take their support," Sangma said.
THE BJP is looking at the southern parties - former NDA partners AIADMK and the TDP — for cobbling up its numbers to form the next government. Shekhar Iyer reports.
Within hours of the final phase of polling winding up, the UPA partners had rediscovered the love they had lost for each other. Saroj Nagi reports.