In the upcoming Assembly Elections in November, the Congress party is determined to form the government in all five states: Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge expressed confidence in the party’s ability to win, citing anti-incumbency in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and the satisfactory work of Congress-led governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
With the elections approaching, both Congress and BJP are making preparations and vying for power in these crucial states.
Mallikarjun Kharge highlighted the growing dissatisfaction with the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.
People have been turning against the ruling party due to issues such as inflation and unemployment. The Congress party aims to capitalize on this anti-incumbency sentiment to secure victory in the state.
Accusing the BJP at the Centre, Kharge stated that the party had failed to fulfill any of its poll promises.
From tackling unemployment to doubling farmer’s income and attracting investment, the BJP’s performance has been under scrutiny.
This criticism further strengthens Congress’ resolve to provide an alternative government in these states.
While discussing the Central government’s treatment of Karnataka, Kharge claimed that the state was being neglected.
He alleged that no central projects were being granted to Karnataka, implying a bias against the Congress-led state. This sentiment of neglect could potentially mobilize support for Congress in the upcoming elections.
Madhya Pradesh has 230 assembly seats, and in the 2018 elections, Congress won 114 seats with a vote share of 41.5%. However, the Congress government lost its majority in 2020 following a series of resignations.
The BJP seized the opportunity and came to power, with Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the Chief Minister. The upcoming elections provide Congress with an opportunity to reclaim power in the state.
With 200 assembly seats, Rajasthan witnessed a close contest in the 2018 elections. Congress nearly secured a majority by winning 99 seats and forming the government with the support of BSP and independent MLAs.
Ashok Gehlot has been the Chief Minister of the state for the past five years. BJP won 73 seats but fell short of forming the government. The upcoming elections will test Congress’ popularity and the people’s satisfaction with the party’s rule.
In Telangana, a triangular contest is expected between the ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), Congress, and BJP. BRS won 88 out of 119 seats in the 2018 elections, with a significant vote share of 47.4%. Congress, with 19 seats and a vote share of 28.7%, will aim to challenge the ruling party’s dominance in the state.
Congress stormed to power in Chhattisgarh in the 2018 elections, securing victory in 68 out of 90 seats.
The party garnered a vote share of 43.9%, highlighting its popularity among the people. BJP, with 15 seats and a vote share of 33.6%, faced defeat in the state.
Congress will strive to retain its hold on Chhattisgarh and continue its governance.
In the 40-member Mizoram assembly, Mizo National Front emerged victorious in the 2018 polls, securing 26 seats and a vote share of 37.8%.
Congress managed to secure five seats, while BJP only won one seat. The upcoming elections will test the political dynamics in Mizoram, and Congress will aim to regain its presence in the state.
The Congress party, led by Mallikarjun Kharge, is determined to form the government in all five states that are going to polls next month.
With anti-incumbency sentiments in Madhya Pradesh, coupled with the satisfactory performance of Congress-led governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the party believes it has a strong chance of winning.
However, the upcoming elections will shape the political landscape of these states and provide an opportunity for voters to express their preferences. It remains to be seen if the Congress party can convert its aspirations into electoral success.