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EditorialDisappointed in friends

Disappointed in friends


INDI Alliance, the motley coalition of 28 opposition parties compelled to share a platform with politicians they would much rather bash in their individual state fiefs, is facing yet another issue: Determining an early next date to debate the crucial topic of seat sharing between themselves has been impossible for any of the constituent leaders, which has caused a delay in decision-making on this front. While some people are occupied with election campaigns in order to keep their state governments in place, others are preoccupied with obligations related to their personal lives, their religions, or the upcoming holidays. In essence, the electoral prospects of the grouping as a whole are subordinated to the objectives of individual parties.
Although INDI Alliance, the first extensive experiment in Opposition unity following Narendra Modi's election in 2014, got off to a very exuberant start, political reality is now setting in. Maintaining unity among the ideologically disparate parties was always viewed as a struggle. On the national scene, the two main political blocs have been the UPA, led by the Congress, and the NDA, led by the BJP. Another layer of complication is created by the multiple blocs and alliances that are State-specific. However, the INDI Alliance has altered the game's regulations. It is operating under the tenet that there should be no vote splitting in order to defeat the BJP directly.
However, in order to increase its chances of winning, every party wants to run for as many seats as possible. As a result, disputes over seat distribution frequently arise amongst alliance partners.Political satraps are frequently hesitant to give up a sizable number of seats to the national parties, especially in States with strong regional identities. The main issue with the INDI Alliance is that there are too many national or regional parties with a regional basis who are affiliated with the Congress, a very weak party at the moment but one that enjoys high recognition and appeal throughout , and that are fighting for seats in the . Another divisive topic is choosing who runs for the swing seats, which are vital in deciding how an election turns out overall.
The Samajwadi Party and the Congress's abject failure to unite and win in Uttar Pradesh has been witnessed. As a result, the parties must carefully consider each candidate they choose. One possible explanation for the postponement of the next INDI Alliance conclave meeting date is that the distribution of seats may cause discontent among alliance partners. A party that believes it has been treated unfairly may run for office on its own or, in more serious cases, undermine the chances of the entire coalition. An example of a party that views itself as an alternative to the Congress but still has a long way to go is the Aam Aadmi Party. These seat-sharing agreements have important ramifications. If properly managed, they have the potential to increase the political bloc's unity and broaden its base of support. However, if these arrangements are handled improperly, it could cause internal conflict, reduce the alliance's chances overall, and even cause the alliance to fall apart!

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