The BJP, which has set a target of 272 + in the Lok Sabha elections, is now focusing on the issue of allies. If the party fails to garner enough numbers on its own and with its existing allies, the Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal, then it will have to reach out to big regional players.
“In Andhra Pradesh, the TDP and the TRS are keen to have a tie-up,” said a well-placed source in the party. The YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy is also looking to the BJP, but it will be a post-poll alliance, according to the source.
The DMK has apparently been trying to reach out to the BJP, but the party is a little hesitant to respond because it has been a trenchant critic of the 2G scam in which DMK leader A Raja was involved. The party is also clear that any alliance with the AIADMK and chief minister J Jayalalithaa would be finalised only after the elections.
There is also the clear recognition that the BJP cannot make any overtures to West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee before the election because she cannot jeopardise her Muslim voter support in the state.
Meanwhile, the party is clear that it would not want to entertain the idea of a patch-up with BJD chief and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who many BJP leaders feel, closed the door on the party after using it to establish himself in the state.