Jayalalithaa, Mayawati and Mamata could individually hold the key to govt formation, if not pitch for the PM’s chair themselves, given the number of seats each is targeting in her state. A look at how they are going about their objective of a larger role in Delhi:
Jayalalithaa has largely been silent on Modi, congratulating him on his elevation as BJP campaign committee chief but making no comment when he became the party’s PM candidate. Amma everywhere, from food and water to cinemas and PM posters, report by Gopu Mohan from Chennai
The hints are there, though her camp hasn’t spelt out her designs on the prime ministerial post as explicitly as Jayalalithaa’s has spelt out hers. “The Trinamool Congress will have a bigger voice in Delhi this time,” is what Mamata Banerjee has been telling voters at rallies. To supporters, she has been saying, “We will decide the next government.”
Mamata Banerjee pitches voice louder, all the way across to Delhi. special report by Subrata Nagchowdhury from Kolkata
Any talk of her being a prime ministerial candidate is restricted to what party leaders have been telling supporters. Mayawati has, nevertheless, been projected as such before. The last time was as recently as in 2009, an election that gave her party its best performance yet.
Third largest is target before Mayawati sets term, reports Ramendra Singh from Lucknow