New Delhi: With the Election Commission announcing the poll schedule, the pressure is now on political parties to sew up alliances fast. Time is running out as the first phase of polling begins on April 16 and nominations for it close by March 30.
Click here to watch video
With Ajit Singh onboard, the NDA might have got a boost in UP but it has a headache in West Bengal where the mercurial Mamta Banerjee of Trinamul is sending positive feelers to the Congress Party. On the record, the BJP sounded satisfied. “Our pre-poll alliance is strong. We’ve already finalized more than 150 candidates and within two weeks we shall be finalizing for all the remaining seats”, said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Spokesperson, BJP
The so-called Third Front has not yet given up its ambitions. TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu has claimed that his front has the support of J.Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK and Mayawati of BSP, the two ladies who hold the key to the 15th Lok Sabha. Meanwhile the parties have to deal with life after delimitation -- where the status of 499 out of a total of 533 Lok Sabha constituencies has been changed.