Sat. Feb 24th, 2024


Congress’ 3-1 defeat within the latest Assembly elections has put the INDIA bloc again on the drafting board and this time it will not be straightforward for the occasion to dominate.

Having stored the bloc actions on maintain in the course of the five-state polls, the grand previous occasion is now looking for its 27 companions and needs all to converge once more to arrange for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. However, post-election outcomes, the bloc companions are looking for a brand new drafting board with every one in every of them eager to redraw the traces on their phrases.

The three-state outcomes have modified all the pieces for the Congress and its companions within the INDIA bloc. The five-state Assembly elections had been projected as a semi-final to the 2024 normal elections and the primary check of the INDIA bloc. The Congress failed miserably within the three huge states and in addition failed the bloc, which has clearly antagonised its companions.

This has been made clear by different main stakeholders within the INDIA bloc by staying away from the December 6 assembly known as by Congress President Mallikarajun Kharge at his residence in Delhi. This assembly was known as after practically three months because the final assembly of the bloc because the Congress had turned its give attention to the 5 state elections.

But, a day earlier than the scheduled assembly, the Congress was pressured to name off the deliberate gathering after lots of the bloc prime leaders stayed away. The assembly has now been scheduled within the third week of December. The rescheduling was a sign of the interior rumblings among the many constituents of the opposition bloc. Many leaders are alleging that the grand previous occasion ignored them, and itself was unable to win elections by itself.

With the storm within the INDIA bloc tea cup, will the power-sharing dynamics change inside the alliance. That is the query now after the Congress’ disastrous loss within the Assembly Elections.

The companions have been brazenly expressing their disappointments. Whether it’s the Janata Dal(U), AAP, Samajwadi Party, and even the Left, the bloc companions are blaming the Congress’ method to the state elections, saying that the grand previous occasion lacked inclusivity because it didn’t actively contain the alliance members within the marketing campaign course of. The INDIA bloc did no joint rallies in any of the 5 states that went to polls in November, and there was no seat sharing.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took a jibe on the Congress, saying it was clear that the occasion could not win the elections alone. JD(U) chief Ok.C. Tyagi even expressed his considerations concerning the Congress’ ballot efficiency and instructed the occasion give attention to its survival.

The Samajwadi Party, upset with the Congress perspective in Madhya Pradesh, has brazenly expressed its discontent. And SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has made it clear that it isn’t going to be straightforward for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh.

Trinamool Congress has stated the Congress’ losses had been “more of a Congress failure than a BJP success story”. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan didn’t mince phrases in attacking the Congress, and stated its resolution to go solo and never type alliances with different INDIA events performed a big position within the unfavourable election outcomes.

With sad 27 companions, Congress has landed itself in a really troublesome scenario at present. Its bargaining energy is just not the identical because it was when it gained the state elections in Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

The INDIA bloc’s drafting board can be redrawn. The loss in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will weigh the Congress down. In reality, the wipeout within the Hindi heartland states has quite made it one of many weakest hyperlinks within the bloc.

Three months in the past, the Congress intentionally postponed seat-sharing negotiations within the bloc assuming that it could win the Hindi heartland states which may enhance its bargaining place. Now that the BJP has massively overwhelmed the Congress in three huge states, its aftereffect can be very laborious for the grand previous occasion.

The Congress, which considers itself the principal opposition occasion, has solely three states — Himachal Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. It is now only one one other occasion within the bloc. With this, the occasion is now left with maybe its worst-ever footprint in north India.

Despite aggressive campaigning on floor and in social media, the Congress failed miserably earlier than Modi’s BJP. It misplaced even because it promised free doles, pinched caste senses, appeased minorities and demonised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And it additionally misplaced as a result of it shunned its INDIA bloc companions within the elections. The similar bloc companions will now make counter strikes and the Congress can be pressured to compromise.

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