How serious a challenge can Prakash Ambedkar-Owaisi combine pose to BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?
The alliance of Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar’s VBA and Assaddudin Owaisi’s AIMIM has declared that it will be contesting all the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.How much challenge will the alliance between Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and Assaddudin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) pose to the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine in the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra?
The alliance of the two parties representing Dalits and Muslims, respectively, being experimented with for the first time in Maharashtra, has declared that it will be contesting all the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
While the party of Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of the architect of Indian Constitution BR Ambedkar, will be contesting 47 seats, AIMIM will be contesting on one seat.
Its impact on the opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party led 56-party conglomeration will also have to be watched out for.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine had won 41 seats and after four years of bickering, the two parties are again contesting jointly.
In some constituencies like Solapur, both the BJP-Sena and rival Congress-NCP view the VBA as a bigger challenge.
Source : India Today