‘Index of Opposition unity’
The Rajya Sabha term of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati ends in April 2018. Her party won only 19 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which will be insufficient for her to get elected. Even with the support of the Congress, which has seven seats, and the Rashtriya LoK Dal’s lone seat, Mayawati would struggle to return to the Rajya Sabha unless Samajwadi Party (SP) legislators vote for her. Opposition parties are hoping the SP would show large-heartedness for the greater good of unity against the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Opposition parties believe their only chance of defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls is by ensuring the “index of Opposition unity” is at its maximum.