Triangular fight in Maharashtra elections?
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 15, 2019, 01:08 PM
Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s grandson, Prakash Ambedkar, has decided to move away from the Congress-NCP alliance in these general elections, and has instead, formed an alliance with Assadduddin Owaisi.
Ambedkar’s party- Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi- failed to win a single seat in the 2014 elections, and asked for 12 seats, out of the 48 in Maharashtra, from Congress-NCP who refused the demand. Ambedkar then approached Assaddudin’s party AIMIM, which has never ventured into Lok Sabha elections from any state apart from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The VBA, standing for the rights of the Dalits, will be fielding candidates from 47 seats, whereas the AIMIM, representing the Muslim community, will contest from only the single seat of Aurangabad.
This Dalit-Muslim alliance will be at war against the Congress-NCP and the saffron alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena, who fought the 2014 elections too together, and won 85% of the seats.
The main challenge, reports claim, lies in the seats of Solapur and Aurangabad.
Solapur has been represented in the Lower House for two terms by Ambedkar, and thrice by Congress veteran and former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. This is a fight, whose result cannot be easily predicted, considering Shinde’s popularity and experience, and Ambedkar’s name and recent strategic moves bringing all the minorities and marginalised communities under one umbrella.
Aurangabad, the Muslim-dominated district, has incumbent MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel from the AIMIM, against Shiv Sena leader and sitting MP Chandrakant Khaire. Jaleel has had a record series of victories in the assembly and local elections in Aurangabad, whereas Khaire has unprecedented success from the parliamentary seat, and has represented the seat in the Parliament for 20 years.
Political analysts believe, that it might be foolish for the either national party to dismiss the VBA-AIMIM alliance, as it is an untested combination, which might work wonders in the state for those sections of the population who have never had anyone cater only and specifically to their needs previously.
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