New Delhi, June 16: Eyeing the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, the grand old Congress party has started its preparations. Sources claim that the second largest party after BJP is planning to contest on 250 seats in the elections. The party is already in talks with other regional parties to defeat the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

According to the sources, the party has also prepared a blueprint of mahagathbandhan (grand alliance of regional parties). After the local level reports on this, the Antony committee will take the final decision with the advice of the Congress president.

According to the Congress strategy, it will not give 44 seats to anyone, where it has won the last Lok Sabha election. The party will keep the rest of the seats in the coalition but will give extra attention on the 224 seats, where it came in second place. These include states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. Reports also suggest that if there is a problem in the coalition, then the agreement can be done by giving more seats to the regional parties in the Assembly for the Lok Sabha 2019.

Recently, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav, in a major announcement, had said that he will be contesting the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Kannauj, which is represented by his wife Dimple Yadav. On the other hand, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav will contest from Mainpuri.

According to reports, the opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh seem to have finalised seat-sharing formula for 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state.

Opposition parties are coming together in several states to take on the BJP juggernaut, which has been unstoppable since 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Recently in Karnataka Assembly elections, though the BJP emerged as the single largest party, the Congress and the JDS joined hands to form a non-BJP government in the state.

BJP Loses Phulpur, Gorakhpur Lok Sabha Seats

In a stunning blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party in March lost Lok Sabha bypolls to its bastion Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party’s Pravin Nishad defeated BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur, while Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of SP clinched the Phulpur seat drubbing the saffron party’s Kaushalendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes.

Buffeted by the surprise defeat, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attributed it to “overconfidence” of the party. “We failed to understand the implications of this alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party that are as different as chalk and cheese in the middle of the elections as part of the bargain for the Rajya Sabha elections,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi described the results as a reflection of public anger against the BJP and stressed on the need for a united opposition for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. “Congratulations to the winners of today’s by-elections. It is clear from the results that voters have a lot of anger towards the BJP and will vote for any non-BJP candidate who has more chances of winning. The Congress is keen on rebuilding the party in Uttar Pradesh, but that will not happen overnight,” he had tweeted.

The BJP had scored a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and together with ally Apna Dal, won 73 out of the 80 seats.