"BJD, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK and Apna Dal
have given the notice to support Birla's candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.
The NDA tally of 352 comprises 303 of BJP, 18 of Shiv Sena, 16 of JDU, six of Lok Janshakti Party, two each of Akali Dal and Apna Dal
and one each of All Jharkhand Students Union, Loktantrik Party, Mizo National Front and National People's Party and one independent backed by the BJP in Karnataka.
Key contestants: Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal
), Lalitesh Pati Tripathi (Congress), Rajendra Bind (SP)
The party has sealed an alliance with the Krishna Patel-led faction of Apna Dal
. It has left two Lok Sabha seats -- Pilibhit and Gonda -- for it.
BJP and its ally in the state, Apna Dal
, would win 18 seats in that scenario and Congress would have four.
(Sonelal), an ally of the BJP-led NDA, attributed her decision to "massive erosion" in her support base.
The party's tie-up with Apna Dal
, majorly a party of Kurmis, and Nishad, a party of fishermen and those living in riverine areas, was a master stroke in garnering extra support to take it to the victory stand.
Anupriya Patel, an OBC Lok Sabha member of ally Apna Dal
, Krishna Raj, a Dalit woman MP and Mahendra Nath Pandey, a Brahmin face in the poll- bound Uttar Pradesh might get entry into the cabinet.
But analysts caution that voting along caste lines remains strong in ruralUttar Pradeshand neighbouringBihar, and -- taking no chances -- the BJP has joined hands with Apna Dal
, which represents a low caste of farmers in the Varanasi region.
Summary: The BJP (and its ally Apna Dal
) had won all the 13 seats in 2014.