Believing that the BJP-led NDA will fall properly short of the halfway mark of 272, the Congress, in session with many Opposition parties, has devised a 3-stage plan which might be put into motion for staking claim to authorities formation if the trends Thursday sign a shift in favour of the Opposition.
Sources in Congress said three letters have been drafted by the legal staff of the Congress, headed by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, to operationalise the plan. If the NDA seems to be falling nicely in need of the straightforward majority mark, the Opposition plans to announce formation of a new alliance with a new identify. It will be UPA plus since there can be many new constituents.
The plan is to send a letter, with signatures of the leaders of all constituents of the entrance, to President Ram Nath Kovind, informing him about the formation of the brand new alliance. It can be followed by two extra letters, one staking claim for formation of the federal government, and the other late at evening, informing him concerning the leader of the new entrance.
While Singhvi, who did the drafting, declined comment when he was contacted, sources said the paperwork have been ready by a small core group which included him, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Rahul Gandhi’s close aide K Raju.
Despite exit poll projections predicting a transparent win for the BJP, the Congress believes the BJP might emerge as the single largest social gathering however the NDA will fall short of the majority by a great distance. Sources in the Congress stated the social gathering is not going to draw back from letting one of many regional leaders on whom a broad consensus emerges to head the federal government. The celebration, sources said, is ready to follow the Karnataka model.
The Congress’s internal assessment — and it varies from leader to leader — is that the get together will get anyplace between one hundred twenty and 140 seats. And along with many of the regional events, it believes the Opposition can be in a position to kind the next government. The Congress can also be depending heavily on the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh to cease the BJP in its tracks.
The Congress hopes relaxation on the evaluation that the party will do exceedingly well in Kerala, win extra seats in Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra and Gujarat and acquire some within the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chhattisgarh which the BJP swept in 2014.
The Congress’s confidence additionally stems from the fact that although the BJP registered an unprecedented success in 2014, its personal net votes did not erode massively compared to the BJP’s stupendous leap. The Congress had polled over 10.6 crore votes as compared to 11.9 crore in 2009.
Aware of the fact that some of the regional parties could be not very enthusiastic to its overtures, the Congress has been more than prepared to let TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and NCP chief Sharad Pawar deal with Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee, who are within the Opposition camp, and Naveen Patnaik, Jagan Mohan Reddy and K Chandrasekhar Rao who are usually not within the NDA tent.
Naidu and Pawar have already conveyed to the Congress the minds of many of those leaders, prompting the Congress to signal that it is able to be versatile and prepared to play any function to keep the BJP and Modi out of power. Most Opposition leaders have been in contact with one another over the last week with Naidu personally assembly nearly all the main gamers. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have taken a back seat, a minimum of in talking to Opposition leaders.