Congress' electoral footprint reduces as it loses another statePTI | New Delhi | Updated: 22-02-2021 18:48 IST | Created: 22-02-2021 18:48 IST
The Congress party's electoral footprint shrunk further on Monday with the fall of its government in Puducherry and the resultant consequence of being left in power on its own mettle only in Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
The Congress' electoral decline has remained more or less consistent since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the party losing power in Madhya Pradesh last year after the exit of stalwart Jyotiraditya Scindia over to the BJP.
Internal factionalism cost the Congress dearly in MP with Scindia's desertion resulting in the fall of the Kamal Nath-led government there.
Earlier a rebellion in Rajasthan by ex-deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot almost pushed the Ashok Gehlot-led state government to the brink but for the last minute strategizing by the CM who warded off a potential revolt, and saved his government.
Beaten and demoralised, the Congress is now pinning hopes of some gains in the mid-year assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala, seeking to expand its base but the goal appears too lofty to achieve.
The BJP's aggressive push in all the above states coupled with the entry of AIMIM in Bengal will challenge Congress-Left's prospects in the eastern state, while Assam will remain a tough battlefield in the presence of the incumbent BJP which is banking on multiple development project launches by the PM there.
Congress insiders blame the weakening grip of the high command and the inability of the Gandhis to pull votes behind the ongoing slide of the party.
Internal elections, a demand of the group of 23 leaders, remain on the back burner while the party's fortunes continue to dwindle. Old timers feel it is time the party led from the front, which they hope may happen once the new president takes charge in June.
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