General Election 2019: Surgency In CongressDecember 13, 2018
Finally “achhe din” for the Grand Old Party-Congress came as Rahul Gandhi’s party registered much needed and morale-lifting victory in three crucial states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh. The timing of the triumph in the major Hindi-belt region is vital for Congress against which the formidable Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has been operating ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ initiative since General Election 2014. Just ahead of General Election 2019, Congress bounced back which made the 2019 polls a tough game for Amit Shah and Narendra Modi duo. There would be deep and wide implications of the results of 5 State Assembly Elections on a grand fight for Prime Minister post. These 3 states (MP 29, Rajasthan 25 and Chhattisgarh 11) send as many as 65 MPs in Parliament which is greater than Congress present number in the parliament.
However, Congress lost its last fort in the northeast with losing in Mizoram and; also failed to make an impact in Telangana. K Chandrashekhar-led Telangana Rashtra Samiti retained power, winning 88 constituencies of the 119 assembly seats. While Congress decimated on just 19 seats in India’s youngest state. In Mizoram, anti-incumbency uprooted 5 time CM Lal Thanhawla-led Congress government.
Rahul Gandhi- Part-time Politician to Politician of the Month
Although, Rahul Gandhi succeeded to pull through his party after historical defeat in 2014 and dozens state Assembly Polls. It took around 14 years to prove his political astute and finally he removed the tag of ‘part-time politician’. The 2014 debacle set the grand old party on losing track which is finally ended at very nick of the time.
Undoubtedly, the victory is unprecedented and unexpected as media and Congress opponents always draw Rahul Gandhi as non-serious and part-time politician but this hat-trick is enough to give riposte in a classic way. Perhaps in the same way of his Rajiv Gandhi-his father who eventually entered in politics and had to lead Congress. He was also not taken seriously by political pundits and Opposition leaders but; later he helped his party to registered historical victory by winning record 404 out of 514 seats in Lok Sabha in 1984.
Impact On Grand Fight In 2019
The emergence of Congress has sent a wave of Confidence not only to Congress workers but its alliance that the grand old party is strong enough to take on mighty BJP. The result will manifest that BJP is not invincible and the Rahul-wave can belittle Modi-wave. The victory will revive the position of Congress in UPA (United Progressive Alliance). Now, Congress gained the previous status of big boss in Opposition which was weakened after a series of defeats.
End Of Anti-BJP-Anti-Congress Front
Prior to this victory, Congress was considered as feeble to lead the nation. Mayawati-led BSP, KCR-led TRS and Mamata Banerjee-led TMC have been trying to form a minus BJP and Congress coalition. Now as Congress retained its lost strength, the initiative will be put to an end. Mayawati already took U-turn by announcing her support to Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Mamta Banerjee will definitely take reverse gear to make her presence in national politics.
NDA VS UPA
The two fighting blocks- NDA and UPA witnessed may eventuality in last 4 and half years. Since NDA was in power, it appeared to be powerful. On the contrast, UPA has shed strength due to a number of defeats. But now UPA will attract more partners rather NDA. In the NDA regime, many its alliance were not happy. The relation between BJP and Shiv Sena is fragile. Dissociation has begun as Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha left the NDA. Barring, Nitish Kumar-led JD(U), no big regional party is in the NDA-camp. Whereas with the shining victory in Karnataka and now in 3 states, Congress succeeded to ramify UPA. With the entry of Mayawati, the process to regain strength begin in UPA. In the upcoming month, undoubtedly other anti-BJP parties will join UPA.
Impact On BJP
It is the nature of politics that whichever party gets power, it started living in utopia. It happened with Congress and now with BJP. The defeat to BJP is an alarming call that if the saffron party does not shed arrogance and irrelevant issues like- Ram Mandir, Cow, lynching, Ali & Bajrang Bali and other communal agendas, people will throw them out of the power. The shock may put the Modi-led Centre government on the track of development. BJP got crystal clear message that the hangover of Modi’s magic is on waning; so, the party change its strategy to regain its political ground. The message is also clear that shining on social media is not a reflection of the ground.
Meanwhile, now the general election 2019 became an interesting contest as up to now Modi seems undefeatable.
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