Sharing, and not caring: on the SP, BSP tie up

 

 

 

Sharing, and not caring: on the SP, BSP tie up

The SP-BSP tie-up poses a challenge to the BJP, but does little for pre-poll opposition unity
Sometimes, it is impossible to make new friends without making new enemies(दुश्मन). In reaching an early agreement(समझौते ) on seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh for this year’s Lok Sabha election, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have thrown a serious challenge to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in a State that could well determine(निर्धारित ) which political formation forms the next Central government. In the process, however, they may have alienated( अलग-थलग/हटा दिया) the Congress, which, given its pan-Indian footprint, can be the only national-level force in an emerging(उभरता हुआ) anti-BJP coalition( गठबंधन). The two biggest parties in U.P.’s opposition space have equally carved out 76 of the 80 seats between themselves, leaving four to the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, which has a support(समर्थन) base(आधार ) in the western region(पश्चिमी क्षेत्र) of the State. Whether the seat sharing is final or just a bargaining(सौदेबाजी) tactic(युक्ति/कार्यनीति) is difficult to say. But for now, the Congress has been pushed into a forlorn corner in India’s most populous State. The party may have to strike out(हड़ताल /मिटाना) on its own in sheer(परिपूर्ण/सरासर ) desperation(निराशा/हताशा) at being denied(अस्वीकृत/वंचित) a reasonable number of seats. It is doubtful(संदिग्ध ), or at least by no means certain(कुछ/निश्चित), whether it will be content(सामग्री) with contesting(चुनाव लड़ने ) in only a few seats to prevent(रोकें) a split(विभाजन/दरार) in the anti-BJP vote in the others. It will be difficult for a party in revival(पुनः प्रवर्तन) mode in other parts of the Hindi heartland to give up U.P. without putting up a serious fight. As for the SP and BSP, it will be odd for them to be locked in a fight with the Congress in the State, while pushing for a Congress-led alternative(विकल्प) at the national level.

The Congress does enjoy additional(अतिरिक्त ) support(समर्थन ) in a Lok Sabha election; it demonstrated this in 2009, winning a surprise 21 seats in U.P. However, the SP and the BSP have probably(शायद ) calculated( गणना ) they are in a good space following the BJP’s poor showing in three Lok Sabha by-polls, one of them in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s political backyard, Gorakhpur. They may well also be banking on the history of strategic(रणनीतिक ) voting in the State, which leaves little room for a third player. For all the talk of beating(हराकर/पिटाई) back the challenge of the BJP, regional parties(क्षेत्रीय दल) know it is easier to do business with a weakened( कमजोर किया) Congress than with a resurgent(पुनरुत्थान /फिर उठ खडा होने वाला) one. If the Congress is kept out of the alliance(महागठबंधन), then any alternative to the BJP will have to emerge(उभरना/प्रकट होना) from a post-poll coalition(गठबंधन/संघ) of disparate parties. This will hand a campaign(अभियान ) point for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is already projecting the choice in 2019 as that between a strong government and a motley post-poll coalition united by no more than a shared aversion(विरोध) for the BJP. The strategy of the SP and the BSP and some other regional players to defeat the BJP without making the Congress win is high-risk, and tactically difficult to implement(लागू करें) on the ground.

 

 

Important Vocabulary

 

1. Alienated( अलग-थलग/हटा दिया)
Synonyms: disaffected, alone
Antonyms: united

2.Coalition( गठबंधन).
Synonyms: affiliation, alliance, amalgam, amalgamation, bloc
Antonyms: detachment, disconnection, disunion, division, divorce

3. Desperation(निराशा/हताशा)
Synonyms: detachment, disconnection, disunion, division, divorce
Antonyms: cheer, comfort, contentment, delight, ease

4. Sheer(परिपूर्ण/सरासर
Synonyms: erect, precipitate, arduous, headlong, perpendicular
Antonyms: heavy, impermeable, indefinite, moderate, slow

5. Split(विभाजन/दरार)
Synonyms: breach, chasm, crack, division, fissure
Antonyms: agreement, closing, closure, connection, juncture

6. Prevent(रोकें)
Synonyms: avert, avoid, bar, block, counter
Antonyms: advance, aid, allow, approve, assist

7. Denied(अस्वीकृत/वंचित)
Synonyms: ban, call on, contradict, oppose, rebuff, refuse
Antonyms: OK, accept, allow, approve, ratify

8. Bargaining(सौदेबाजी)
Synonyms: dealings, haggling, trading, exchange, transaction

9.Tactic(युक्ति/कार्यनीति)
Synonyms: ploy, gambit, stratagem

10. Certain(कुछ/निश्चित
Synonyms: convinced, positive, sure, assertive, assured
Antonyms: doubtful, indefinite, uncertain, unsure

11. Additional(अतिरिक्त )
Synonyms: added, further, increased, new, other
Antonyms: necessary

12. Probably(शायद
Synonyms: apparently, doubtless, no doubt, perhaps, possibly
Antonyms: improbably, uncertain, unlikely

13. Resurgent(पुनरुत्थान /फिर उठ खडा होने वाला)
Synonyms: renascent, revived, invigorated, reestablished, refreshed
Antonyms: dormant, latent

14. Aversion(विरोध)
Synonyms: allergy, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, dissatisfaction
Antonyms: like, liking, love, loving, rapport

15. Implement(लागू करें)
Synonyms: appliance, gadget, instrument, utensil, apparatus

 

 

Credit To The Hindu News Paper

The SP-BSP tie-up poses a challenge to the BJP, but does little for pre-poll opposition unity
Sometimes, it is impossible to make new friends without making new enemies. In reaching an early agreement on seat-sharing in Uttar Pradesh for this year’s Lok Sabha election, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have thrown a serious challenge to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in a State that could well determine which political formation forms the next Central government. In the process, however, they may have alienated the Congress, which, given its pan-Indian footprint, can be the only national-level force in an emerging anti-BJP coalition. The two biggest parties in U.P.’s opposition space have equally carved out 76 of the 80 seats between themselves, leaving four to the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, which has a support base in the western region of the State. Whether the seat sharing is final or just a bargaining tactic is difficult to say. But for now, the Congress has been pushed into a forlorn corner in India’s most populous State. The party may have to strike out on its own in sheer desperation at being denied a reasonable number of seats. It is doubtful, or at least by no means certain, whether it will be content with contesting in only a few seats to prevent a split in the anti-BJP vote in the others. It will be difficult for a party in revival mode in other parts of the Hindi heartland to give up U.P. without putting up a serious fight. As for the SP and BSP, it will be odd for them to be locked in a fight with the Congress in the State, while pushing for a Congress-led alternative at the national level.

The Congress does enjoy additional support in a Lok Sabha election; it demonstrated this in 2009, winning a surprise 21 seats in U.P. However, the SP and the BSP have probably calculated they are in a good space following the BJP’s poor showing in three Lok Sabha by-polls, one of them in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s political backyard, Gorakhpur. They may well also be banking on the history of strategic voting in the State, which leaves little room for a third player. For all the talk of beating back the challenge of the BJP, regional parties know it is easier to do business with a weakened Congress than with a resurgent one. If the Congress is kept out of the alliance, then any alternative to the BJP will have to emerge from a post-poll coalition of disparate parties. This will hand a campaign point for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is already projecting the choice in 2019 as that between a strong government and a motley post-poll coalition united by no more than a shared aversion for the BJP. The strategy of the SP and the BSP and some other regional players to defeat the BJP without making the Congress win is high-risk, and tactically difficult to implement on the ground.

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