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Five states Assembly Polls: Far cry from BJP dream of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’



[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While the final results would come in, in an hour or so, the trends are clear and some broad conclusions can be drawn from the available facts.

First and foremost, the BJP is nowhere near achieving Amit Shah’s declared aim of a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ (Congress-less Bharat). Rather, in a belt cutting across the middle of India’s map, it is the BJP that got a bloody nose and lost out to the grand old party in a direct contest. The Congress is, thus, very much in the game.

The elections also signify the erosion of ‘Modi magic’ and the halt of the ‘wave’ that BJP has been raucously shouting about.

These were state elections, and local factors – especially the fact that BJP had been in power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, three terms in a row in the latter two – mattered heavily. However, Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s hectic campaigning in all these states put his own status at stake. Not only was he projected as the ‘winning factor’ by the BJP, he himself went around declaring that it was a contest between ‘naamdar’ (referring to Rahul Gandhi, implying he owes his status to his family’s name) and ‘kaamdaar’ (Modi himself).

Taking him at his own word, Modi has been made to bite the dust.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reasons to be happy. His critics had often mocked that the Congress under him has never won any election. These results have wiped out that ‘stigma, and how!

The results boost the Congress morale but, going by the nature of the party, that is about all. It is not likely to learn any lessons. Rather, the results may also boost the ‘negatives’ in the party. Essentially – and increasingly – opportunist now, it could become more convinced about going the ‘Hindutva’ way.

The Congress may also become less accommodating to allies and hamper the formation of an alliance against the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.


Belying every analyst and pollster’s prediction, the Congress is way ahead of BJP in Chhattisgarh, with a 10 per cent lead over BJP in vote share (43% against 33%).The biggest casualty in this tribal state is Ajit Jogi, whose Janta Congress Chhattisgarh failed miserably in making an impact and didn’t even get into double digits in an assembly of 90.


(Source: Election Commission website at 5:15pm)


In Rajasthan, again, the trends do not match the forecasts. While the Congress is ahead, the BJP has not done very badly – despite palpable anti-incumbency factor against the Vasundhara Raje government. The Congress managed a slender majority rather than the landslide win many had expected. The Congress vote share was 39.1% against BJP’s 38.6% – a margin of only 0.5%.

(Source: Election Commission website at 5:15pm)

Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress edged ahead of BJP in a close, see-saw contest and was past the midway mark of 115 – with leads in 117 seats at 5pm. A party needs 116 seats for a majority in the 230-member assembly. In terms of vote share, the BJP and Congress were tied at 41.4% each.

(Source: Election Commission website at 5:15pm)


In Telangana, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s (KCR) Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was headed for a thumping majority. KCR’s gamble to call for early elections has paid off and the state has stayed with the party credited for its formation. TRS has its candidates ahead in nearly 90 constituencies with a vote share of 47.1%.

The state witnessed a two-way fight between TRS and Praja Kutami, or the grand alliance, which includes Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Jan Samithi (TJS) and CPI.

The BJP contested the state alone with the TDP walking out of National Democratic Alliance earlier this year. People’s Front ally TDP is heading in one and Owaisi’s AIMIM that backed TRS in five.

(Source: Election Commission website at 5:15pm)


In Mizoram, the regional Mizo National Front has dislodged the Congress government.

MNF president and former Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga, who ran the state between 1998 and 2008, was reported by NDTV as saying, “I have a strong belief that I don’t need any other party and particularly the BJP to form government.”

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who contested from Champhai South and Serchhip, has lost both the seats. He lost Champhai to Mizo National Front’s (MNF) TJ Lalnuntluanga, while Serchhip was snatched by Zoram People’s Movement’s (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma.

The 76-year-old Congress leader has been the chief minister since December 2008. In the 2013 assembly elections, he became the chief minister for the fifth time, a record in Mizoram.

The state with a population of about 10 lakh is seen by the BJP as the “final frontier” in the northeast as it is in power in all other states of the region — either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.

The MNF, which has been out of power for 10 years, has been optimistic about the win. Their hope is hinged on the history of the state where governments change every 10 years.

(Source: Election Commission website at 5:15pm)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha, Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge, Priyanka Gandhi, and Jairam Ramesh slam BJP

Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge said that Congress will continue speaking the truth and said that they will continue to demand Joint Parliamentary Committee in the Adani case.



Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from his membership as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha after his conviction and subsequent two-year prison sentence in a 2019 defamation case by a court in Gujarat’s Surat city yesterday.

After Parliament issued the notification of Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, various Congress leaders, as well as, prominent personalities came forward to slam the BJP government.

Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge also slammed the BJP by saying that the BJP tried all the ways to disqualify Rahul Gandhi. He further accused the BJP of trying to silence the ones who are speaking the truth.

Kharge said that Congress will continue speaking the truth and said that they will continue to demand Joint Parliamentary Committee in the Adani case. He further added and said that Congress is ready to go to jail to save democracy.

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Congress’s General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter to slam the BJP as she wrote about the scams done by Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Mehul Choksi and further alleged the BJP of trying to rescue the people who looted the country’s money. She further questioned why the BJP is running away from the investigation.

Priyanka Gandhi further questioned if the BJP supports the corrupt and accused the saffron party of using cases against the leaders for raising questions.

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Congress’s General Secretary Jairam Ramesh also took to Twitter to add his take on the Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification. Ramesh, in his tweet, wrote that the Congress will fight this battle both legally and politically. He further added that the Congress are not going to be afraid or silent.

The Congress MP also prodded the BJP and wrote that Instead of the JPC, Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified in the Adani scam related to the Prime Minister.

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Leaders from across party lines also came forward as All India Trinamool Congress leader Derrek O’Brien also sided with Congress leader and said that BJP has hit the lowest of the lows in the history of Parliamentary democracy.

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Rahul Gandhi: Congress to protest against Surat court’s verdict in the defamation case, march at Vijay Chowk today

Heavy security has been deployed at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi today.



Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s sentence to 2 years in jail by a Surat Court in connection with a defamation case has brought turmoil in the political air of the nation.

The Party has organised a march to Vijay Chowk to protest against the verdict sentencing Rahul Gandhi to 2 years in jail in the defamation case. Reports said heavy security has been deployed at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi today.

Congress’ general secretary-in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh on Thursday informed that the party president Mallikarjun Kharge called for a meeting of opposition parties on Friday.

Ramesh said more than 5o MPs met at Mallikarjun Kharge’s house. The Congress President and CLP leader will also have a meeting for programmes to be held in different states against the verdict.

Congress general secretary called the verdict so unfortunate as far as the party is concerned.

Reports further said the party is also planning to meet President Droupadi Murmu with other parties to discuss the matter and raise the issue in the second half of the Budget Session in the Parliament today.

BJP national spokesperson JP Nadda claimed that Rahul Gandhi has a huge arrogance but little understanding. Taking it to Twitter, Nadda made a series of tweets and alleged that lies, personal slander, and negative politics are integral to Gandhi’s politics.

He further wrote Gandhi has shown a pathetic and casteist mindset by comparing OBC communities to thieves, however, his latest tirade is not surprising.

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Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram on Friday said robust political discourse is the essence of democracy and the law ought not to be set in motion to silence leading voices of the democratic Opposition.

He further wrote a noisy appreciation of the might of the law must be tempered by calm introspection on the plight of democratic voices.

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Rahul Gandhi wouldn’t need to fear disqualification if he had not done this

Observers had been upbeat on the Congress’s chances despite the “Aayega Modi hi” slogan and potential allies talking of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance.



Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh

Rahul Gandhi is finding himself in the eye of the news cycle storm after a Gujarat court convicted him of defamation for his 2019 remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rahul Gandhi faces up to 2 years in jail for taking the Prime Minister’s name along with IPL founder Lalit Modi and fugitive businessman Nirav Modi and wondering if all Modis are thieves. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP leader Purnesh Ishvarbhai Modi at Adajan police station in Surat district.

While convicting Gandhi, Chief Judicial Magistrate HH Varma granted him bail for 30 days for him to file his appeal, which would be in a higher court.

It is a coincidence that if Rahul Gandhi had not ripped up a Manmohan Singh government ordinance to protect legislators (MPs/MLAs/MLCs) convicted of criminal offences from disqualification, he could have escaped this Surat court judgment unscathed. But since the ordinance was withdrawn by the Manmohan Singh government, a legal protection that could have saved him and others can be looked upon wistfully.

The United Progressive Alliance-II regime had been at the receiving end of Opposition assaults over perceived corruption scams including 2G, coalgate and the railway cases, implicating ministers of allies Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Rashtriya Janata Dal among others.

The general perception of those years was that the allies were responsible for the falling goodwill of the Congress minority government. Though multiple parties including the Aam Aadmi Party went on the offensive, the biggest gainer from the hit on the Congress was the BJP.

Possibly, the UPA bigwigs could read among the tea leaves what lay ahead of them. Rahul Gandhi’s trashing other ordinance happened in the first few weeks of September 2013 when then PM Singh was away in the United States. The highlight of the next week was Narendra Modi being chosen as the BJP’s PM candidate above veteran leader LK Advani. What happened hence is well-known.

The Rahul Gandhi-led march, the Bharat Jodo Yatra, had won some eyeballs at the man’s ability to pull off the march with relative elan. Following the Hindenburg Research report on Adani, the Congress had shown some verve and fight in a marked departure from the grand old party dismissal.

A remark from spokesperson Pawan Khera on Modi saw Delhi Police armed police haul him off a flight at Delhi airport in connection with three FIRs against Khera, one in Assam and two in Uttar Pradesh.

Observers had been upbeat on the Congress’s chances despite the “Aayega Modi hi” slogan and potential allies talking of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance. The Surat court decision could spark greater opposition coherence since Arvind Kejriwal himself came out in support of Gandhi.

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