Challenging Modi: Can Rahul, Tejashwi, and Akhilesh Make Inroads in UP and Bihar?

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As the Election Commission of India prepares to announce Lok Sabha poll dates, attention turns to opposition parties’ strategies. Eyes are on the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc to see if it can mount a challenge against the BJP, amidst coalition shifts and alliances. Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, joined by Tejashwi Yadav in Bihar and anticipated participation from Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh, adds a new dynamic to the political landscape.

Alliance Dynamics:

Tejashwi Yadav’s collaboration with Rahul Gandhi in Bihar signals a strong alliance, bolstering the Congress’ prospects in the state. However, uncertainties loom as Mayawati’s reluctance to ally with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh adds complexity to the electoral equation.

Campaign Strategies:

Rahul Gandhi’s foray into Uttar Pradesh politics, starting from Chandauli and extending to Varanasi, Amethi, Rae Bareli, and Kanpur, reflects a concerted effort to mobilize support. With the BJP capitalizing on the Ram Temple fervor and social welfare policies, the efficacy of Rahul, Tejashwi, and Akhilesh’s campaign strategies remains to be seen.

Electoral Math:

With Uttar Pradesh offering 80 Parliamentary seats and Bihar contributing 40 seats, the electoral battleground is significant. In the previous elections, the NDA secured a substantial victory, winning 101 out of the combined 120 seats. Mayawati’s decision to part ways with the SP complicates the opposition’s arithmetic in Uttar Pradesh, intensifying the competition.

Internal Challenges:

Despite announcing candidates, Akhilesh Yadav faces internal rifts, evident in the split of three RJD MLAs and internal strife within his party regarding the Rajya Sabha elections. These fissures could undermine the cohesion of the opposition’s campaign and impact their electoral performance.

2019 Election Recap:

In the previous elections, the BSP-SP coalition in Uttar Pradesh secured 38% of the votes, translating to 15 seats. Conversely, the NDA clinched victory in Bihar, claiming 39 out of 40 seats. In Uttar Pradesh, the NDA emerged dominant, securing 62 out of 80 seats, while the RJD failed to win a single seat in Bihar.


With Tejashwi Yadav’s focus on job promises, Akhilesh Yadav’s critique of BJP governance, and Rahul Gandhi’s nationwide outreach through the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, the electoral contest in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is poised for heightened drama. As the opposition strives to challenge the Modi magic, alliance dynamics, campaign strategies, and internal cohesion will play pivotal roles in shaping the electoral outcomes in these crucial states.

-Prisha Jaiswal

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