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Congress Seeks Much-Needed Victories in Upcoming Assembly Elections with Help from Allies | India News


NEW DELHI: After a series of setbacks, Congress is now on the march to regain power in Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with the help of its allies.
Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi has already started a vigorous campaign in the southern states and has also toured Assam, although the party has not yet finalized the division of seats with the allies.
In Tamil Nadu, it is still working with its main partner DMK on a seat-sharing agreement. The party is optimistic about its chances in the state and also in Kerala, as power changes sides every five years.
Congress has once again joined AIUDF in Assam to seize power from the BJP, although it does not have a stalwart like former Prime Minister Tarun Gogoi, who passed away in November last year.
In West Bengal, Congress and left-wing parties have yet to reach a formal agreement with the Indian Secular Front, a move aimed at helping win back some of the minority voters who are being courted by AIMIM and the ruling TMC in fighting an animated BJP.
With Congress now in power only in the Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh states themselves and in Maharashtra and Jharkhand alongside their allies, the big party is faced with the challenge of performing well in the elections in these polls or taking the risk. losing its relevance as the main opposition party.
The fall of their governments in Karnataka in 2019, Madhya Pradesh in 2020 and recently in Puducherry, as well as electoral setbacks in Bihar and Delhi have sparked growing internal discord in Congress, especially in the absence of a full-time party chief. and it is putting him at a disadvantage in negotiations to share seats with allies, according to observers.
Although the results of the civic polls in Punjab were encouraging, the defeat in the civic polls of Gujarat has been a brake.
Assembly elections in five states of Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will start from March 27.
The group of 23 dissidents within Congress also came out against the party on Saturday saying it has “weakened” and there is an urgent need to strengthen it.
Party leaders feel that for the big party, winning this election is very crucial, as it would give it the much-needed confidence to emerge as a stronger opposition force against the BJP led by Narendra Modi.
It will also boost the prospects for Congress as it enters the next phase of electoral battles in Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in 2022.

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