BJP gets to rule four states without having the numbers

In four states, the BJP was nowhere close to getting a simple majority. Yet, it has managed to cobble up alliances and form governments

GN Bureau | July 28, 2017


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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in at least four states after striking alliances that may largely look untenable.
 
Jammu and Kashmir: PDP emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats in 2015 in the 89-member house. BJP got 25 seats while National Conference bagged 15 seats. 
Congress got 12. PDP tied up with BJP to form government.
 
Goa: In 2017, BJP got just 13 seats while the Congress won 17 seats. Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three Independents supported BJP, taking the figure to 22 in the 40-member house and helping it to form the government.
 
Manipur: Congress won 28 seats in the 60-member house in 2017. The BJP with 21 seats got the support of 4 MLAs each from the Naga People’s Front and the National Peoples Party and one from the Lok Janshakti Party. The BJP also got support of a few other MLAs, enabling it to touch the magic figure of 31.
 
Bihar: RJD had won the maximum 80 seats in the 243 member house in 2015. The JD(U) a close second with 71 seats. The BJP and its allies bagged 58 seats. JD (U) tied up with RJD, a partnership that lasted for about two years. Then JD (U) struck an alliance with BJP to form the government.
 

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