Resurgent regional parties could help BJP in the RS

As the poll verdict from four states saw the Congress decimated in two states and regional parties reasserting themselves, BJP floor managers in parliament were keeping an eye on the general anti-Congress mood and also on the numbers in the RS, where crucial legislation needs across-the-spectrum support. But, will the TMC, which was poised to storm back to power in West Bengal with over two-thirds majority vote, play ball? TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has said she would.

The TMC, in its manifesto for the 2011 assembly elections, had promised support for the GST, which the Lok Sabha passed in 2015 but is pending in the Rajya Sabha.  At least one industry lobby thought the BJP could draw comfort from the showing of the TMC, as also of the AIADMK, which convincingly returned. While AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa is yet to react on her party’s cooperation in parliament, her stance against the GST is well known but she also enjoys good rapport with PM Modi.

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