- By Vijay Simha
Starting today, sify.com will publish a series called State of the Parties – a refreshing, intimate and practical look at where important Indian political parties stand in the run-up to the General Election slated for 2014. The purpose of the series is to provide a clear and honest insight into the parties so we see them as they are. We hope this would help readers make more informed decisions when called upon to.
We begin the series with the Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party [BSP] and the Trinamool Congress.
These are the parties most likely to firm up the next governing alliance if such a situation emerges.
The Left parties are traditionally consistent.
Once they make up their mind, they tend to stick by allies except when they feel strongly about a core concern.
The BSP is volatile and prefers to operate by self-interest. However, they have been steadfast in backing the UPA2.
The Trinamool Congress is almost wholly dictated by worries about West Bengal, although it can surprise on occasion like when it supported UPA2 on Sri Lanka.
Together, these parties are The Partisans – their role will be to shore up an alliance in New Delhi if asked to.
None of them are looking at heading the next government.