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No leg space for RG for another round of BJY as LS polls are far too close

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The clean sweep of three Hindi heartland states by the BJP is fraught with serious adverse consequences for the Congress.

To start with, the Grand Old Party miserably failed in passing the muster in states where it should have walked its talk of having reinvented and reconfigured.

The outcome in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, instead, laid bare the weaknesses of the party when political countdown for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections have already begun.

The rout in these states grievously dented the stock of the Congress among the parties that are opposed to the BJP across the country’s political geographies, expediting the process of unravelling of the INDIA bloc.

More importantly, the results have inflicted a crippling blow to the political persona of Rahul Gandhi and his narrative based on which the party took on the BJP.

There is a distinct possibility that the internal dynamics of the Congress could get impacted by the demoralisation spawned by the dismal performance.

But for the die-hard family loyalists in the core leadership, large sections of the party might start entertaining serious misgivings about the ability of Rahul Gandhi to reverse the downward slide in the fortunes of the organisation.

It is possible that the desperation arising from the electoral setback among the party’s mid-rung functionaries and ranks in the affected states would come out  sooner  rather than later.

One immediate post-result comment dominating the media on the Congress’s pathetic performance is that over confid ofence of the top leadership cost the party dearly.  

The hubris of the Congress leaders, both at the centre and the states concerned, were evident from the way it sidelined the INDIA constituent like Samajwadi Party.

While this is largely true, another key factor that harmed the electoral fortunes was the party’s top leadership failure to come out with an appealing narrative to take on the BJP.

Congress could not convince the electorate on how it could be a credible alternative to the BJP. Instead of building a convincing narrative, the party went with such frothy slogans as ‘opening the shop of love in the street of hatred.’

The electoral trail also rankled with excessive personalised attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, instead of targeting his politics, policies and program’s. In singling out  Modi for attack, the party ended up leaving an impression of it  even belittling the advances made by the country in various sectors.

The party strategists also reposed excessive trust in the belief that the electoral choice could be manipulated to its advantage by flooding the campaign trail with unrealistic promises.

Also, the party’s organizational hierarchy, packed with family courtiers, generated an impression that Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) has been a gamechanger. The electoral outcome proves this is far from true. Now there is no leg space for Gandhi to set out on another round of BJY as Lok Sabha elections are far too close.  

N Muraleedharan
N Muraleedharan
Senior Journalist from Kerala. Worked with leading news agency Press Trust of India. He is regular columnist and writes on politics of Kerala and National Politics.

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