While BJP in 2019 Raebareli and Amethi Lok Sabha seats making a conscious effort to snatch the Gandhi family, while a possibility that the next general elections, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in both No candidates will be left in the seats. If this happens then it will give a substantial relief to the Congress.
The BSP leaders close to Mayawati confirmed this and said that this step will not break the vote and in this way the Congress will be heavily involved in the direct contest of BJP, Congress in both these seats. The Samajwadi Party is not getting any candidate in both these seats since 2004 and in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Rae Bareli.
A senior BSP leader said, “If there is an alliance in the Lok Sabha elections with the Samajwadi Party, then this possibility can not be ruled out that no candidate in BSP Rae Bareli and Amethi has left no candidate. If that happens then the vote of BSP will also go to the Congress. ‘ A senior BJP leader acknowledged that in a triangular contest in Amethi, the result would be in favor of the party.
The BJP won the Rae Bareli seat for the last time in the 1996 and 1998 Lok Sabha elections. After this, the BJP’s performance against the Congress in this seat was very poor, while the BSP was still ahead in the vote.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BSP had 14 per cent votes in Amethi and 16 per cent in Rae Bareli, while the BJP’s share of votes in these two seats was only 4 and 6 per cent respectively. However, after the election of Smriti Irani in Amethi in the 2014 elections, BJP’s vote share went up to 34 percent and it was 21 percent in Rae Bareli.
Sources said that the opposition parties are already working on the seat sharing formula. A Congress leader said, “The BSP and the SP will decide among themselves where and how many seats they have to fight. In the seat sharing, Congress can get 10-12 seats, including Rae Bareli and Amethi.
The Congress is already supporting the BSP. Seven MLAs of the Congress had voted for the BSP in the Rajya Sabha elections and after that in the Vidhan Parishad elections, they had promised to contact the BSP.