Pawar spoke to Naidu and Patnaik, eyes on Nitish too, will the India Alliance government be formed?

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Seeing that the ruling party BJP is not getting a majority on its own, the opposition leaders have started efforts to form the government. Sharad Pawar, a big leader of the opposition camp, has called two big leaders. Pawar has spoken to former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu as well as Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik. Assembly elections have also been held in both these states and in both places the public has voted in favor of changing the government. In Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy's party YSRCP is coming out of power while in Odisha, BJD is coming out of power. In Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu's party TDP is forming the government while in Odisha, BJP has snatched power from BJD. However, on the question of the media, Pawar said that he has not talked to anyone.

Naidu on top, Patnaik loses

This time TDP is a part of BJP led alliance NDA whereas BJD has always supported NDA's Narendra Modi government in the parliament. In one of these, TDP is coming to power whereas in the other, BJD is losing power. TDP has performed well in Lok Sabha elections also. In Andhra Pradesh, it is seen getting 16 seats alone whereas its ally BJP is seen getting four seats. On the contrary, BJD's performance in Lok Sabha elections was poor. It is limited to Jajpur seat of Odisha. Here BJD candidate Sharmistha Sethi is leading over her nearest rival BJP candidate Ravindra Narayan Behera.

Can Naidu and Nitish play together?

On the other hand, political activities have intensified in Bihar. A round of speculations and claims has started regarding Nitish Kumar. It is being said that the opposition alliance has started the exercise to bring Nitish Kumar with them. Nitish's party JDU is also a part of NDA and it is seen getting 14 seats on its own in Bihar. In this way, if Naidu's TDP and Nitish's JDU are combined, then the total is 16 + 14 i.e. 30 seats. If these two parties change sides and go to the opposition camp, then NDA can get a big shock. All the big leaders of the opposition including Sharad Pawar would want this. At present, BJP is seen getting 240 seats while Congress is seen getting around 100 seats. If we talk about both the alliances, then NDA can get around 300 seats while Bharat can get around 230 seats.

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