New Delhi: The end game has begun. The two leading national parties - the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) - have realised that existing pre-poll alliances are not getting them the required numbers to form a new government and it was time political rhetoric gave way to some realpolitik.
The desperation is visible in both the parties as pre-poll alliances of both are expected to fall far short of the 272 seats required for a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. After Thursday's balloting, 457 out of a total of 543 seats have already gone to the polls. On May 13, the remaining 86 constituencies would go to the polls. Interestingly, the effort by both the leading political parties are aimed at not only courting potential allies but also in protecting existing allies from being poached upon by rivals post-polls.
Image: BJP's prime ministerial candidate LK Advani holds a 'gadaa' at an election campaign at Karnal in Haryana.Text: IANS