The saffron party has most to lose in this 51-seat phase: in UP, it faces the gathbandhan and in Rajasthan, a resurgent Congress. To break new ground, it must breach the formidable Trinamool defence in Bengal. The Congress game plan mostly rests on its allies, current and potential. What’s at stake for BJP, Congress in phase 5BJPTo defend: 39 seats, including all 12 in Rajasthan, 12 of 14 in UP, all 7 in MP, all 4 in Jharkhand, 3 of the 5 in BiharCan look for gains in: West Bengal, where it did not win any of the 7 seats polling in this phase CONGRESSTo defend: Just the family bastions of Amethi and Rae Bareli Can look for gains in: INDIRECT STAKESBJP: Will hope JD(U), LJP win the Hajipur and Sitamarhi seats in Bihar. CONGRESS: Will hope its Bihar allies, RJD, RLSP and VIP, put up a good show, Babulal Marandi wins the Kodarma seat in Jharkhand and NC the Anantnag#ElectionsWithTimes
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