Can Prakash Ambedkar’s VBA Pull off a Repeat, Dent Congress-NCP in Maharashtra Assembly Polls?
If one considers the landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that while the BJP and its partners appear comfortable and in control, Congress and its allies might be staring at a battle for survival in the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. In Maharashtra, much like a reflection of most of the north Indian states, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine nearly wiped out the Congress and its allies, which included the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), during the general elections. The BJP-Sena won 41 of the total 48 Lok Sabha, whereas only five went to Congress-NCP. An Independent and Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) secured the remaining two seats.