All the party needs is a strong regional ally or a weakening incumbent to pit itself as an alternative. In the next five years if the BJP focuses on the South like it did over the past decade in the Northeast, could this citadel also fall?
The Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal had joined hands before the Lok Sabha polls in the hope that their combined vote share would enable them to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. The election results, however, proved otherwise as the alliance’s vote share declined in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies. In 15 constituencies, the decline was by over 10%.