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It is just a few more days till India’s next government formation and not just India, but the whole world is eagerly waiting for the day. Indian General Elections are scheduled all over the country in seven phases from April 11th. Several states’ elections were concurrently scheduled with the General Elections. The final phase of elections are scheduled on 19th May and the results will be announced on the 23rd of May.

 A total of 545 Lok Sabha seats exist in India and of them, 282 are currently held by BJP and 44 are held by INC. BJP and INC are the major contenders nationwide followed by some regional parties like BSP, SP, AITC, etc. INC had won in just 44 seats and the rest are held by others. BJP currently holds the majority with 282 seats and its Leader Narendra Modi is currently in service of the nation as Prime Minister while Rahul Gandhi is the leader of the principal opposition party Indian National Congress.

Many states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, etc., have completed their Lok Sabha elections and while in states like West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Elections will be finished on 19th May. Although BJP has been the top contender with a majority in many of the opinion polls, there are many organizations that had put INC and others in the lead anticipating a hung.

Both BJP and Congress have put forth their manifestos many days before the elections. BJP has addressed issues like Youth Education/ Unemployment, Electrification of Railways, improving road transport, Increasing foreign investments, Improving Indian Economy, etc. Issues like Citizenship Amendment Bill, National Security, were also addressed in the BJP manifesto. BJP manifesto covered plentiful issues that are of nation’s interest currently like curbing terrorism, Citizenship Amendment Bill in the North East, the abolition of Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, etc. There are also issues like Sabarimala, Ram Mandir, etc., that are purely to attract certain sect of voters.

INC’s manifesto addressed issues like Rural Development, Reviewing of Taxation laws, Reformation of laws like defamation, sedition, etc., Enforcing strict Anti-Corruption laws, Development of Agriculture, Rural Development, Reservations for Women, Urbanization, etc. Congress’s manifesto took a slightly different approach to the Kashmir Issue that might not fully resolve the present unrest persistent in the state. While both the manifestos have their key points that appeal to many voters, gaining a majority solely based on them is a distant dream in India.

Many of the regional parties have opted to form an alliance to compete with the National parties in the General Elections 2019. Regional parties like Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi  Party, Janata Dal, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Loktantric Janata Dal, Jana Sena Party, CPI Punjab, etc. formed a grand alliance to defeat BJP and Congress. There is a possibility that grand alliance will win a significant number of Lok Sabha constituencies, but the formation of a government seems highly impossible without the support of rest of the regional parties or Congress. The idea might seem far-fetched for a country where a National Parties get their support through their history but one might be in for a surprise.

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