NEW DELHI :
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a peculiar situation in some of the states. The party has managed to become the single largest party in two states in the recently concluded elections but failed to form government in either.
After Maharashtra where the alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena won a clear majority but failed to agree on government formation, the counting of votes on Monday for Jharkhand assembly elections shows that the BJP was leading in about 30 seats with a vote share of nearly 33%, but the party seems to be losing in the state.
“If we look at the last three elections of Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, BJP became the single largest party and returned to power with a new alliance in Haryana. The alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena got a clear majority in Maharashtra but the demands of Shiv Sena were not acceptable. In Jharkhand also, BJP is getting maximum votes and most number of seats. It’s not easy to return to power all the time," said a senior BJP leader who was involved in the election campaign strategy.
Senior leaders of BJP said the alliance between Congress and regional parties, whether in Jharkhand or Maharashtra, were not stable and these alliances have been tried in the past also.
“The alliance of Congress and JMM has been tried in the past and it had failed miserably, there is one contradictory alliance in Maharashtra between Shiv Sena and Congress. Even though these parties have managed to form government just to keep BJP out, Congress-led alliances have never provided a stable government," the BJP leader added.
BJP leaders believe that the more opposition parties form unstable governments in different states, the stronger BJP will become in the future. Senior leaders of the party believe that one of the biggest reasons for the growth of BJP in the country was the contradictory alliances of Congress and other regional parties.
“Congress has become a party of alliances because it cannot form government on its own in any state. BJP has grown because people have realised that Congress cannot provide stable government in states and at the national level that is why majority of people continue to vote for BJP and we are single largest party," the BJP leader said.