From having come inside putting distance of ousting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) in Gujarat within the 2017 meeting elections to shedding a clutch of legislators, and eventually getting worn out within the latest bypolls, the Congress social gathering’s fortunes within the residence state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi proceed to slip.
In December 2017, the social gathering restricted the BJP to 99 seats, its lowest tally within the state in 22 years and likewise registered its finest efficiency in 20 years, profitable 77. The social gathering received reward from election watchers for placing up a powerful battle and even limiting the BJP from reaching the psychologically essential three-figure mark within the 182-member meeting.
However over the previous three years, the Congress has misplaced 12 of its legislators to the BJP, which has lowered its power to 65. However, the BJP has elevated its tally to 111. Chief minister Vijay Rupani described the victory within the latest meeting bypolls – the place the BJP received all eight seats, which have been all beforehand held by the Congress – as a “trailer” of the 2022 meeting elections.
Gujarat Congress functionaries primarily blame the central management, particularly in-charge Rajeev Satav, for the social gathering’s slide from 2017 onwards, and say that the state unit is just too weak to tackle the BJP.
Throughout India, in bypolls to 58 seats throughout 11 states, the Congress received simply 12 ,whereas the BJP received 40, comfortably retaining energy in Madhya Pradesh and getting a majority by itself in Manipur. The Congress held 44 of those 58 seats earlier.
This was the third by-election in Gujarat for the reason that 2019 Lok Sabha polls necessitated as a result of switching of Congress legislators to the BJP.
In bypolls in Could final 12 months, the ruling BJP received all 4 seats in Gujarat. This was adopted by one other by-election in October final 12 months on six seats, additionally brought on by the defection of Congress legislators, together with firebrand backward caste chief Alpesh Thakor, to the BJP.
Whereas the BJP and the Congress received three seats every, the grand previous social gathering managed to defeat Thakor.
This reverse occurred simply when the Congress social gathering appeared to be making a powerful run — beginning with the election of senior chief Ahmed Patel in August 2017 to the Rajya Sabha. Patel prevailed in a tense battle with BJP nominee Balwant Singh in an election that spilled previous midnight and noticed the Congress sequester its lawmakers in a resort to stop any makes an attempt of poaching.
In December that 12 months, the social gathering fought the meeting elections with senior chief and present Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot as the overall secretary in-charge of Gujarat and Bharatsinh Solanki because the state unit chief. Although the BJP ultimately received the elections in what is named its pocket borough however the Congress managed to revive some delight.
“All of that has been misplaced in final three years. We’re again to sq. one,” mentioned a celebration functionary on situation of anonymity.
Satav, a former Youth Congress president and regarded near former social gathering president Rahul Gandhi, was appointed Gujarat in-charge in March 2018, just a few months after Gehlot took over as Rajasthan chief minister.
“It’s been over a 12 months now that we don’t have any state committee, proper from sales space stage. The state management can be shifting within the fingers of 1 household,” mentioned a second Gujarat Congress chief who refused to be named.
“Satav has hardly toured the state after assuming cost and even couldn’t carry the warring factions collectively,” he added.
However Satav mentioned the criticism was unjustified. “Little question, we now have misplaced by-elections on all seats and we’ll do in-depth introspection and take the required corrective measures after evaluating the explanations. However the BJP misused all of the state equipment to make sure its victory. Now we have seen ruling events profitable all by-elections barring Telangana and Haryana,” he mentioned.
Ahmedabad-based political analyst Prakash Shah blamed the weak management for the Congress’s debacle within the by-elections.
“The Congress management has didn’t maintain its flock collectively and the BJP can be readily accommodating them. This exhibits that the Congress management is weak and its legislators are political pliable,” he mentioned.
Gujarat was not the one disappointment for the Congress on this spherical of meeting bypolls. It additionally didn’t win any seat within the by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha and Telangana.