BJP-led NDA Displays Greater Unity Than Congress-led INDIA Alliance in Second Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

The 2024 Indian Lok Sabha elections' second phase sees a tight race between the BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led INDIA alliance, with Kerala's 20 seats a key battleground. The outcome will significantly impact the national political landscape.

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BJP-led NDA Displays Greater Unity Than Congress-led INDIA Alliance in Second Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

BJP-led NDA Displays Greater Unity Than Congress-led INDIA Alliance in Second Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

The second phase of the 2024 Indian Lok Sabha elections kicked off on Friday, with voting taking place in 88 seats across 13 states and union territories. Despite internal conflicts in multiple constituencies, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is displaying greater unity compared to the Congress-led INDIA alliance.

In the 2019 elections, the NDA had won 23 of these 88 seats, while the INDIA alliance had secured 61. However, the BJP faces a peculiar problem in this phase as it starts the race with a massive lead that is well nigh impossible to defend. Once the tally is adjusted for the leads in the assembly elections post-2019, the race is evenly matched at 44 seats to NDA vs 43 seats to INDIA.

The BJP's problem is that while its own seats are differently vulnerable in all but a couple of states, the seats held by INDIA are virtually a no-go zone for the BJP. The main reason for the non-vulnerability of the seats held by the INDIA bloc is Kerala, where all the 20 seats go to polls in the second phase. The BJP is yet to open its account in a Lok Sabha election in Kerala, though it has steadily improved its vote share.

Why this matters: The outcome of the second phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will have a significant impact on the overall balance of power between the BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led INDIA alliance. The results will also provide insights into the shifting political dynamics and voter preferences in key states and constituencies.

The article highlights key seats like Mathura and Wayanad that are part of the second phase of polling. It also mentions prominent political figures like Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, and Hema Malini who are contesting in this phase. Security arrangements have been tightened to prevent any untoward incidents, and all-women managed 'Sakhi Pink Booths' have been established in parts of Karnataka.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to turn out in record numbers to vote, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed confidence that the INDIA alliance and Congress will win with a majority. The voters seem more focused on issues like employment and inflation, rather than the political sparring between the BJP and Congress. The results of the second phase will be crucial in determining the overall outcome of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the future political landscape of India.

Key Takeaways

  • 2nd phase of 2024 Lok Sabha polls underway in 88 seats across 13 states/UTs.
  • BJP-led NDA displays greater unity than Congress-led INDIA alliance in this phase.
  • BJP faces challenge to defend massive 2019 lead, race evenly matched post-2019 assembly polls.
  • Kerala's 20 seats, a no-go zone for BJP, key to INDIA alliance's performance.
  • 2nd phase results crucial for overall 2024 Lok Sabha election outcome and India's political future.