Tag: NDA Alliance

KCR seeks HDK’s help to broker peace with Congress?

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K Chandrashekhar Rao and HD Kumaraswamy (credit: Republic and Wikipedia)

Will Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) side with the Congress in the event of a fractured mandate in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections? Contrary to the speculations that he would extend his party’s (Telangana  Rashtriya Samiti) support to the NDA, in case the BJP-led coalition falls short of majority,  KCR is reportedly seeking to mend ties with the Congress that leads the UPA.

According to The New Indian Express, KCR has had a hush-hush conversation with Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and sought his help to forge an alliance with the Congress, which is the coalition partner with Kumaraswamy’s JDS in the state.

In a quid pro quo, KCR is believed to have promised the stability of JDS-Congress government in Karnataka.

Along with the MPs from his party, KCR is also reported to have offered the support of the parliamentarians from Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party in Andhra Pradesh.

KCR has already met with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and tried to approach DMK chief MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu in a bid to forge a federal front. In the meanwhile, his confidant and sitting TRS MP from Karimnagar has reportedly said that the Lok Sabha elections would end up in propping up a United Front like government (led by regional parties and supported by the Congress).

The supposed conversation between KCR and Kumaraswamy comes at a time when local media in Karnataka are speculating intensely about the longevity of JDS-Congress government in the state post May 23, the result day.

It is believed that the Congress with 80 MLAs has let the JDS (which has 38 MLAs)  lead the government, only to prevent the BJP from winning a significant number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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Opinion polls predict Modi’s return to power

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Image credit: DD News

Just a few days ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 11, a slew of opinion polls predict a second term for Modi-led NDA alliance at the Centre.

Here is a bird’s eye view of the seat projections for the BJP-led NDA and the Congress led UPA alliances, as well as other key parties.

Agency Published on NDA UPA Others
CSDS-Lokniti April 9 263-283 115-135 135-155
Times Now-VMR April 8 279 149 115
India TV-CNX April 8 295 127 121
News Nation April 8 278 128 137
IANS-C Voter April 8 267 142 134
Republic Bharat-Jan Ki Baat April 4 310 122 111
TV9 Bharatvarsh – C Voter April 2 261 143 139

Voting to elect members for the 17th Lok Sabha will commence on April 11 and end on May 19 in the 7-phased election in the world’s largest democracy. About 900 million registers will vote in 1 million polling stations spread across 29 states and 7 Union Territories to elect 543 law makers.

The votes counted on May 23 and the results are expected to be out on the same day as Electronic Voting Machines are used in voting.