Lok Sabha Election / Seats in INDIA alliance finalized by give and take formula, this is how talks were made with AAP and SP

Zoom News : Feb 23, 2024, 07:10 PM
Lok Sabha Election: Consensus for seat sharing has started emerging among the allies of the India Alliance regarding the Lok Sabha elections. While Congress has announced seat sharing with SP, the final seal has been given on seat sharing between Congress and Aam Aadmi Party. In Bihar too, the script of seat agreement with RJD and Left parties has been written, while in West Bengal, Congress has started talks to reach an agreement with TMC. In the India alliance, an agreement has been reached on seat sharing between Congress and Kshatrapa through 'Give and Take Formula'. The same pattern of seat distribution is visible in the India alliance from UP to Delhi, Gujarat.

‘Give and take formula’ is being adopted for seat distribution in the India alliance. With one hand, Congress has taken seats from its regional allies and with the other hand it has also given seats to them. In return of giving seats to Congress in their respective states, the satraps of India Alliance have taken seats for themselves in the states where Congress has a political base. While the seat sharing between SP and Congress has been approved on this formula, the same deal has been made between Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.

Seat sharing between SP and Congress

The final seal of approval has been given on seat sharing between Congress and SP, which has also been formally announced. Along with Uttar Pradesh, Congress and AAP will also contest elections together in Madhya Pradesh. According to the agreement in the India Alliance, out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP, SP will contest on 63 seats while Congress will contest on 17 seats. SP has given 17 seats to Congress in UP, while in return Congress has given one seat to SP in Madhya Pradesh. In this way, an agreement has been reached on seat sharing between SP and Congress.

The seats won by Congress and SP have also been announced. Congress has given Khajuraho seat of Madhya Pradesh to SP, in return SP has given seats to Congress in UP. However, out of the Muslim seats that Congress was eyeing in UP, only Saharanpur and Amroha seats have been given by SP.

Seat sharing between Congress and AAP

An agreement has been reached on seat sharing between Aam Aadmi Party and Congress on Thursday. In Punjab, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party will contest elections separately, whereas in other states of the country including Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Goa, Assam and Chandigarh, both the parties will contest elections together. Out of seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party will contest on four seats and SP will contest on three seats. In return of giving three seats to Congress in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party has taken seats for itself in Assam, Goa, Haryana and Gujarat.

Congress has got East, North-East and Chandni Chowk seats in Delhi. If sources are to be believed, Congress has agreed to give Bharuch and Bhavnagar Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat to Aam Aadmi Party. Apart from this, Congress can also give one seat to Aam Aadmi Party in Haryana, that seat can be Gurugram or Faridabad. Aam Aadmi Party is likely to get one seat in Assam, from where the party has fielded its candidate. AAP is demanding South Goa seat, but Congress is not ready. Congress has a sitting MP, due to which he has refused, while Aam Aadmi Party has fielded its candidate from this seat. Like Punjab, can both contest elections separately for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat?

Congress will talk with TMC

Congress has again started the process of talks regarding seat sharing with TMSP chief Mamata Banerjee. There are 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, on which efforts are being made to reach a consensus. The seat sharing formula between TMC and Congress may be 36-6. If sources are to be believed, Mamata Banerjee is ready to give five seats to Congress. Baharampur, two Malda seats, Raiganj and Darjeeling seats have been offered. At the same time, Congress has demanded Murshidabad, Jangipur and Purulia seats from TMC. In this, if TMC gives Purulia seat, then the matter can be settled on six seats.

It is being told that Rahul Gandhi had asked the leaders of Bengal that how many respectable seats should be there in the alliance with Mamata Banerjee, on this the leaders had given the figure between 6 to 9. Mamata Banerjee has agreed on 5 of these, talks on the sixth are going on in the final stages. In return for giving seats in West Bengal to Congress, TMC wants seats for itself in Assam and Meghalaya. Congress is ready to give one seat in Meghalaya and one seat in Assam. There is no consensus yet on the two seats of Tripura.

India alliance plan ready in Maharashtra also

TMC has thirty-six figures with Left parties, but there seems to be better coordination with Congress. The Left also wants to contest elections in many states, from Telangana to Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Congress and Left will contest elections face to face in Kerala. In this way, the Left will contest elections separately in Bengal, but the rest will contest elections in Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Bihar under the India Alliance. In Bihar, RJD, Left and Congress are together and in Jharkhand also the picture is the same.

In Maharashtra, Congress has planned to contest elections in alliance with Sharad Pawar's NCP and Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena and the seat sharing formula between the three parties has almost been decided. If Congress and Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena can contest equal number of seats out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Sharad Pawar's party will get less seats. Along with Maharashtra, Shiv Sena also wants the seat of Daman Island, on which Congress can give its consent. Similarly, NCP's demand is for Lakshadweep seat, from where Congress has planned to contest.