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Big jolt for Congress, loses Assam and Kerala

Congress instead of organising dharnas and marches, should try to rebuilt its grass-root support

Subhajit Sankar Dasgupta
Publish Date: May 19 2016 1:39PM | Updated Date: May 20 2016 11:37AM

Big jolt for Congress, loses Assam and Kerala

 The election results in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam have further weakened the stature of the Congress.

After Thursday’s results, the grand old party has lost two states more in Kerala and Assam.
With this, they stay in power only in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Puducherry  and Mizoram.
In last couple of years, the Congress had lost in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Haryana, states they were in power at least five years back, wheter with its own or in alliance.
And not to forget, they are reduced to just 45 seats in the Lok sabha.
Losing in all these states and Parliament, as also emergence of regional parties in these states means the image of Congress has diminished further in the country.
Their hope of coming to power in Tamil Nadu also went into thin air, as their alliance with DMK failed to dislodge Jayalalithaa from her chief ministerial seat. It is after a long time that any political parties has abled to regain power in the state.
Results of West Bengal might have surprised Congress itself as they have done better than their alliance partner Left Front, which was in power for close to 36 years till 2011 in the state.
However, the result in West Bengal still doesn’t indicate their rise in the state as much as decline of Left Parties.
Gone are the days when, regional parties were scary of Congress’ political power. Now, the party is reduced to supporting regional parties in states. This is what happened in Bihar, where they crawled to power with help of Nitish Kumar’s publicity and further growing stature.
It’s time the Sonia Gandhi-led party understands its limitation in the continuing Modi wave and continues to support regional parties. Their alliance with DMK might not have paid in Tamil Nadu, but in West Bengal it has with Left.
With elections due in  Uttar Pradesh next year, party needs to relook its past mistakes seriously and bring out new approaches with the help of strategist Prashant Kishor, to gain some more seats in the state.
In present scenario, the party should focus on doing positive politics for the sake of its own comeback as major opposition to BJP. 
Congress instead of organising dharnas and marches, should try to rebuilt its grass-root support and give its vice president Rahul Gandhi some more time to carve a niche in Indian politics. Let him gain maturity with time if the party has to come back to power in the Centre in 2024, if not in 2019.