‘Missing’ Rahul Gandhi may be behind hand-slide | Gujarat Election News

NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD: When Conference released its manifesto for 2022 Gujarat the polls on November 12, the party placed a clock at GPCC headquarters to mark the countdown to the day of results it hopes will herald ‘parivartan’ after two and a half decades BJP rule. After the BJP’s record, the clock was empty on Thursday. By evening, some frustrated party workers had broken clocks.
The anger is understandable when the National Assembly, which holds the record 149 seats set in 1985 under the leadership of senior leader Madhavsinh Solanki, has been reduced to 17 seats. This puts the claim of opposition space in the Gujarat legislative assembly in jeopardy. A minimum of 10% of seats — 18 seats — are required to declare as the main opposition party.
So what is the reason for the shameful performance of Congress? Many attributes it to Rahul Gandhi’s abdication after 2019 and the resulting loss of control over two years. This allows the BJP opponent to run uncontrollably to strengthen his position and create space for new players to fill.
Although a non-Gandhi has now been elected party chairman, and Rahul has also indicated a willingness to join, that may not be enough to repair the damage of two years.
The state of defeat in Gujarat, stemming from defeats in winnable states like Left-ruled Kerala and BJP-ruled Uttarakhand, as well as in Assam and Goa, shows that the party has struggled to catch up in states where the competition is bipolar. Now, they will have to pray that the AAP doesn’t find more participants in ‘Parliament versus BJP’ states like neighboring Haryana and Rajasthan, or even areas with poll limits other than Karnataka. As Gujarat has pointed out, AAP does not necessarily score big on Parliament’s prospects while as Punjab has demonstrated, it poses a serious threat to its ability to capture the people as the solution. non-Congressional replacement.
Aside from the setbacks, the sheer vote gap between Congress and the BJP is demoralizing. While HP offers some relief, an existential threat now lurks for the group in Gujarat, another state that is threatening to leave the Congress map. The BJP’s success is largely due to the unusually long absence of Congress in the field as well as its own resources and ideas.
Rahul’s repeated assertions that “I don’t care about political power” were seen by party members as a weak and disheartening message. Voters also seem to be taking it literally, as feared.
And the long-term concern is whether Rahul might disappear again if Lok Sabha The competition in 2024 is disappointing.


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