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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Fear of rebels holding up NDA, opposition lists?

BJP leaders say that the seat allocation could be finalised in a couple of days, almost the same time frame that GA is also talking about.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 17, 2019 03:04 IST
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Patna
The delay in seat allocation in both the NDA and the Grand Alliance (GA) in Bihar  could be because of fear of rebels, say political analysts.
The delay in seat allocation in both the NDA and the Grand Alliance (GA) in Bihar could be because of fear of rebels, say political analysts.(AFP)
         

The delay in seat allocation in both the NDA and the Grand Alliance (GA) in Bihar could be because of fear of rebels, say political analysts.

BJP leaders say that the seat allocation could be finalised in a couple of days, almost the same time frame that GA is also talking about. “Everything is in the final stage, but final decision has to come from the top. With elections spread across seven phases, the party can afford to wait and watch, as the problem lies in the opposition GA camp,” said a senior BJP leader.

“All the candidates vying for tickets are bound to look for other options once denied opportunity and this is what the parties want to pre-empt, though it is good neither for the voters nor for the candidates,” said social and political analyst and former director of AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies and research.

Member secretary of ADRI Shaibal Gupta, said that the ticket finalization might have been withheld to checkmate the opponents. “There may also be some internal thorny issues, as rebels do play significant roles at times to upset calculations. But yes, once candidates are announced, suddenly there will be build up,” he added.

Both Gupta and Diwakar felt said the election looked set for personality clash. “For NDA, it is clear BJP’s nationalistic fervour and Nitish Kumar’s development agenda would form the core of campaigning. The fact that Nitish could get 17 seats for JD-U amply shows his stature in the NDA and an admission by BJP that the Bihar CM could strengthen the NDA prospects for a repeat,” they added.

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 03:04 IST

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