A moment – which seemed harmless at the time – could have turned out to be more critical than thought.
Not known for its ability to form alliances or partners, Congress, as its record shows – and Tejashwi Yadav, newer to the game – failed to convince Mukesh Sahni and his VIP party to join their alliance. In fact, it was handled so badly that it led to a dramatic fallout at a press conference to expose the members of the Mahagathbandhan.
The VIP switched to the NDA and eventually made the difference with an 8-seat swing – as the VIP won 4 seats. It may not have changed the winner, but if the VIP had stayed with the MGB, the NDA’s profit margin would have been much smaller.
With the 1.5% vote won by the VIP party as an ally, it would also have propelled the MGB to a clear lead in terms of votes.
And even in terms of the seats won, it would have been an even closer result. With external support from the AIMIM, BSP and the Independents it would have been –
The momentous strike moment only highlights the big difference between the treatment of potential allies and the negotiating power of the BJP versus Congress and others.