NDA to meet ahead of government formation

Sources said that political manoeuvres are underway as both the NDA and the INDIA Opposition bloc strive to secure the necessary numbers to form the government.
PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP National President JP Nadda during a meeting at the party headquarters as the party leads in the LS elections amid the counting of votes in New Delhi
PM Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP National President JP Nadda during a meeting at the party headquarters as the party leads in the LS elections amid the counting of votes in New DelhiPhoto | PTI

NEW DELHI: In the wake of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections' results announced in which the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ran short of a two-third majority, a crucial meeting with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and other allies is scheduled to take place at 4pm today at the PM's residence.

Sources said that political manoeuvres are underway as both the NDA and the INDIA Opposition bloc strive to secure the necessary numbers to form the government.

As the BJP-led NDA has secured 294 seats out of the 543-member Parliament, the attention is now on two key players, Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Nitish Kumar of the Janata Dal (United), who hold a significant number of seats and can play a very deciding role in the government formation.

BJP sources said that the NDA government for a third consecutive term will not run as smoothly as they had in two previous terms.

The BJP's agendas on some crucial issues like UCC, CAA, NRC, One Nation One Poll, and the national caste census may cause bitterness resulting into a sort of political differences.

"Nitish Kumar would be the first to depart from NDA if any one of above said agendas is forced upon within the government in the next one and half years after formation. Thus, collapse of coalition may not be ruled out in next 18-24 months," said a senior NDA leader, adding that demands for special status to Bihar and AP may figure during the NDA meeting as condition for support.

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Besides this, sources also hinted that exchange of some important ministries with the allies in a position to hamper the longevity of NDA cannot be ruled out.

The BJP, in order to continue the government shall have to concede the demands of allies in the ministerial berths also as JDU may demand the ministry of railways or rural development, while TDP may go with demands like having IT ministry in the government.

Amid all such speculations, a buzz is that some senior leaders of NDA allies may get gubernatorial posts soon as per the pre-poll commitments done in this regard. Amidst these developments, reports suggest that the INDIA leaders have initiated discussions with veterans of the coalition era such as Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar, to sway them towards joining the Opposition bloc.

As the political landscape remains fluid, all eyes are on the upcoming meetings of both the NDA and the INDIA bloc, where strategies will be formulated and alliances potentially reshaped in the quest for power and governance.

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