2021 Assembly Elections: Congress Fails to Impress, Again | India News
Congress has faced another round of beatings despite a strong campaign led by Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka.
NEW DELHI: Other choices. Another round of disappointment.
Well, that has been the story of the Congress after every election in recent times. And the assembly elections 2021 is no different.
The party has faced another round of beatings despite a strong campaign led by Rahul gandhi and his sister Priyanka.
The Congress that had a natural advantage in Kerala, where the party-led UDF and the left-led LDF alternate power, has failed to take advantage of the anti-incumbent factor in the state. This despite the fact that the former party chairman, Rahul Gandhi, is a state deputy and has campaigned aggressively for the party.
In Assam too, the party did not pose any challenge to the ruling. BJP despite the great alliance it formed with various opposition parties in the state. The congressional decision to join Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) did not yield the expected results for the party.
The Puducherry Union Territory also voted in favor of the change by rejecting the congressional-led alliance. The party had a government in Puducherry that fell before the elections after some of its members resigned.
In West Bengal, Congress never had a realistic chance despite the high-decibel campaign by its head of state unit, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary. Many questioned the party’s decision to ally itself with Abbas Siddiquie’s Indian Secular Front.
The only consolation for Congress in this round of assembly elections is Tamil Nadu, where the DMK has risen to victory. In fact, going forward, the leadership of Congress should seriously think about replicating this model for all other states where there is a strong regional party rather than trying to go alone to revive their lost fortunes.
If we look at the results of the elections in recent years, what worries Congress is that it cannot take advantage of the occasional momentum that the party manages to win.
The best elections for Congress in recent times were in December 2018 when the party won three assembly elections: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
However, the euphoria was short-lived.
In the Lok Sabha elections a year later in 2019, the party was unable to capitalize on the momentum in all three states and was decimated by the BJP.
The BJP won 62 of the 65 Lok Sabha seats in the three states. Congress was only able to win two seats: one in Chhattisgarh and one in Madhya Pradesh.
What is worse, Congress has not been able to keep its members intact and has lost governments due to defections within the party.
In Madhya Pradesh, Congress lost its government after Jyotiraditya Scindia rebelled against senior leaders Kamal Nath and Digvijaya Singh and left the party with several MLAs.
History repeated itself in Karnataka, where the MLA in Congress left the party to help BJP leader BS Yeddiyurappa become prime minister.
Just prior to this round of assembly elections, Congress lost its government in the territory of the Puducherry Union, again due to defections.
In Goa, Congress had become the largest party after the 2018 assembly elections. However, even before the party could celebrate this small victory, the BJP managed to woo the smaller parties and formed a government in the state. Subsequently, several MLAs in Congress switched sides to the BJP, leaving the party in a shake.