BSP Surge in UP Poses Challenge for NDA and INDIA Alliance

Ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls, opposition INDIA alliance confident of limiting BJP to 150 seats in Uttar Pradesh, as Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav jointly campaign.

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BSP Surge in UP Poses Challenge for NDA and INDIA Alliance

BSP Surge in UP Poses Challenge for NDA and INDIA Alliance

In the lead-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections , the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) faces a formidable challenge from the opposition INDIA alliance, particularly in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed confidence in the INDIA bloc's performance, predicting that the BJP will be limited to just 150 seats in the upcoming polls.

Gandhi highlighted the INDIA alliance's manifesto, which includes measures to strengthen employment generation and provide the right to apprenticeship for graduates and diploma holders in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav echoed Gandhi's sentiment, stating that the INDIA alliance has emerged as a new hope for the people.

The Ghaziabad constituency is set to witness a fierce contest between the BJP, INDIA bloc, and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates. In the 2019 general elections, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal(S) won 64 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, while the SP-BSP alliance secured 15 seats.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi campaigned in Saharanpur, claiming that if the elections are conducted fairly without any tampering of EVMs, the BJP will not secure more than 180 seats. She questioned the basis of the BJP's claim of securing over 400 seats, suggesting that they either have prior knowledge or have done something to ensure their victory.

Priyanka Gandhi emphasized that the elections should be fought on the issues that matter to the people, such as unemployment and inflation, which the BJP has failed to address. She also criticized the electoral bond scheme, calling into question Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claim of it being a transparent system.

Why this matters:The surge in seats for the opposition INDIA bloc, as claimed by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, could significantly reshape the political terrain in Uttar Pradesh and beyond. The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections will have far-reaching implications for the future of India's governance and the balance of power between the ruling NDA and the opposition alliance.

With Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav jointly campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, the INDIA alliance aims to present a united front against the BJP. As Priyanka Gandhi stated, "The people's desire for change will lead to the BJP's departure, and a united India will emerge victorious." The upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, particularly in key constituencies like Ghaziabad and Saharanpur, will serve as a litmus test for the strength of the opposition alliance and the BJP's ability to maintain its dominance in the state.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP-led NDA faces challenge from INDIA alliance in 2024 Lok Sabha polls, esp. in UP.
  • Rahul Gandhi predicts BJP limited to 150 seats, INDIA alliance manifesto focuses on jobs.
  • Ghaziabad to witness fierce contest between BJP, INDIA bloc, and BSP candidates.
  • Priyanka Gandhi questions BJP's claim of 400+ seats, calls for fair elections on issues.
  • Outcome in UP will have far-reaching implications for India's governance and power balance.