With the counting underway, Madhya Pradesh is currently witnessing a seesaw situation between Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). While, Congress is steadily gaining power against BJP which is trying to come back with full force, the current trends suggest that the state might end up in a hung assembly.
The counting is not over yet, but there is a possibility that there will be a marginal difference in seat share. Whatever will be the result, it is evident that small regional parties might play a key role in the formation of government in Madhya Pradesh as the two national parties are bound to approach them and form an alliance.
Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) led by Hira Singh Markam, and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party are among these regional parties.
As per latest trends, Mayawati’s BSP is leading in four seats. While this number may seem nothing in front of the two national parties winning seats, but when clubbed together with current Congress’s 120 seats, it will give the party the required halfway mark to form the government in Madhya Pradesh.
BSP Chief Maywati has called all her winning MLAs to New Delhi for a party meeting. The Congress will be hoping to stitch a post poll alliance with the BSP. While the party was supposed to have a pre-poll alliance, Mayawati pulled out following a disagreement over seat sharing. It will now be for the Congress to woo Mayawati and consequently form government.