Communists suggest winning formula for 2019 Indian elections

India’s grand old party Congress will not succeed for the third time in forming a United Progressive Alliance (UPA III) government after the 2019 national elections, a former alliance partner has said. Congress has lost credibility after repeated election defeats in assembly elections, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said in an editorial in its mouthpiece People’s Democracy. Regional parties in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha will not be ready to accept Congress as leader of an anti-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) alliance. Efforts to build a non-BJP, non-Congress ‘Federal Front’ suggested by Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao is also bound to fail as some parties like DMK and RJD are already in alliance with Congress in their respective states. So the best way to defeat the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 elections is to pool in all anti-BJP votes state-wise, the commentary said. People’s Democracy hailed the successful poll alliance in Uttar Pradesh (UP) between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party which defeated BJP in the recent by-elections for two key seats. Such effective electoral tactic is the need of the hour to stop the saffron party’s juggernaut, the editorial said. If the BJP loses the bulk of the seats in UP, India’s largest state sending 80 MPs to Parliament, it cannot win the 2019 elections, the commentary said.