In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, except BJP, the vote share of other 37 parties was just 7 per cent. These 37 parties together won only 29 seats in the Lok Sabha.
Congress and BJP have started their preparations just before the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress wants to bring together all the big and small parties to give a tough fight to the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. A total of 26 parties participated in the meeting of opposition parties held in Bengaluru on 18 July. At the same time BJP also called a meeting of NDA in Delhi. Leaders of 38 parties participated in this meeting. By calling a meeting of 38 parties, BJP is trying to show its alliance stronger than the opposition alliance. Taking a jibe at the parties called in the NDA meeting, the Congress asked whether all of these parties have been registered or not. In fact, most of the NDA parties do not even have a single seat in the Lok Sabha.
What is the fight of 38 vs 26?
Politics has always been a game of attitudes and BJP also does not want to lag behind in this game. On Tuesday, the opposition party had called a meeting in Bengaluru. 26 big and small parties participated in this meeting. The opposition party has named its alliance INDIA. The opposition alliance is preparing to enter the electoral fray on the equation of one seat-one candidate. At the same time, BJP also wants to give a tough fight to the opposition by bringing together all the allies of the NDA alliance to show its clan bigger than the opposition.
25 parties of NDA do not even have a single MP
There are a total of 38 parties in the NDA alliance, but most of the parties have neither any hold nor any identity in the national politics. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, except BJP, the vote share of other 37 parties was just 7 per cent. These 37 parties together won only 29 seats in the Lok Sabha. On the other hand, if we talk about BJP, it alone won 303 seats. BJP’s vote share was more than 37%. Let us tell you that in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 9 out of 37 parties did not even field their candidates. And 16 parties do not have a single MP. That is, 25 out of 37 parties neither have any MP nor any representation in national politics. At the same time, 7 parties of NDA alliance have only one MP. Shiv Sena (Eknath Shinde faction) is the largest ally of NDA with 13 MPs. Whereas LJP is the second largest ally with 6 MPs. Apna Dal has 2 MPs in Uttar Pradesh.
7 parties have only one seat
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the seven parties of the NDA alliance had won only one seat each. These parties include NPP in Meghalaya, AIDMK in Tamil Nadu, SKM in Sikkim, NPF in Nagaland, AJSU in Jharkhand, MNF in Mizoram. BJP has failed to open account in South India. In the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, BJP hopes that AIDMK will be able to win more seats for the NDA alliance. Sources are quoting news that BJP will strengthen its hold in South India by forging an alliance with TRS in Andhra Pradesh.
BJP played big bet on small parties?
The first reason why BJP is betting big on small parties is that BJP does not want to lag behind in the numbers game. It wants to dwarf the claim of 26 opposition parties coming together with its 38 alliance partners. Rest of the smaller parties can play an important role in all those seats where the margin of victory and defeat was very less. At the same time, these small parties can play an important role in the victory of BJP at the district level.