Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, BJP’s landslide victory within the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh meeting elections, has come as a extreme jolt to the Congress’s transfer to dislodge BJP from energy on the Centre. On the opposite hand, the large loss has offered sufficient ammunition to the opposition alliance INDIA companions to launch a scathing attack on the Congress for ignoring them within the meeting elections, particularly the Samajwadi Party in Madhya Pradesh.
To begin with, the crushing defeat for the Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh has raised questions whether or not the Congress, which has now been restricted to only two states-Karnataka and Telangana, is in a position to guide the INDIA bloc within the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. On the opposite hand, the defeat of the grand old get together within the meeting elections has come as an enormous sigh of reduction for regional events like RJD and Janata Dal (United) in Bihar.
Nitish sounded the warning bell for Congress
The final assembly of the INDIA bloc fashioned to dislodge the BJP from energy within the 2024 Lok Sabha elections was held three months again and there had been no assembly of the opposition events after that as a consequence of Congress’s involvement within the state meeting elections. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, within the first week of November, raised questions over INDIA bloc shedding steam because of the Congress specializing in the 5 state meeting elections.
Nitish Kumar had taken a dig at Congress throughout a public assembly organised by CPI in Patna on November 2 and mentioned that because of the ongoing meeting elections in 5 states, the Congress was not bothered concerning the INDIA bloc and maybe any assembly of the opposition can be convened solely after the meeting elections are over.
“Not a lot work is being executed within the INDIA alliance proper now. Assembly elections are occurring in 5 locations. Congress is extra occupied with these elections. We have been working to strengthen the Congress, however for the time being, Congress just isn’t nervous about all these items. Congress will name a gathering of opposition events solely after the elections in 5 states are over”, Nitish Kumar had mentioned.
Perhaps the political predictions made by the Bihar Chief Minister final month proved proper after the outcomes of the meeting elections have been declared on Sunday. The crushing defeat of the Congress in three states compelled Congress nationwide president Mallikarjun Kharge to name for an essential assembly of the INDIA alliance on December 6 in Delhi.
Congress’s defeat is Nitish’s win
After the poor efficiency in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Mallikarjun Kharge known as an essential assembly of opposition events on December 6 in Delhi, however even earlier than this assembly takes place, Janata Dal United has began batting in help of its chief Nitish Kumar.
Janata Dal United State General Secretary Nikhil Mandal took to social media and lashed out on the Congress for its defeat within the meeting elections.
Mandal wrote, “INDIA alliance ought to now observe Nitish Kumar. Congress was busy as a consequence of elections in 5 states and was not listening to the INDIA alliance, however now elections are over, and the outcomes have additionally come out. Nitish Kumar, who’s the architect of the INDIA alliance, can solely sail the opposition alliance,” Nikhil Mandal wrote on X.
It is evident from Nikhil Mandal’s put up that after the defeat of Congress within the meeting elections, the morale of each the regional events, RJD and Janata Dal (United), has elevated, and now these events have began taking part in stress politics on Congress.
The outcomes of the meeting elections additionally point out that Nitish Kumar’s get together will as soon as once more intensify the marketing campaign to mission him because the Prime Ministerial candidate to tackle Narendra Modi in 2024.
Relief for Nitish-Lalu
Ever for the reason that final assembly of INDIA bloc took place in Mumbai three months in the past, Congress has been focusing utterly on the 5 state meeting elections and ignoring the regional events who’re a part of the INDIA alliance, a lot to their displeasure, as was witnessed in Madhya Pradesh when Congress sidelined Samajwadi Party utterly as Akhilesh Yadav wished to forge an alliance with it.
There additionally was a notion that was being constructed within the opposition camp that the Congress was attempting to take a seat within the driver’s seat within the INDIA alliance, which was the brainchild of Nitish Kumar.
Sources say that Janata Dal United and RJD have been cautious of the Congress successful the state meeting elections convincingly as a result of it could additional sideline the regional events, particularly in Bihar, the place it is a crucial alliance companion within the Mahagathbandhan authorities. The RJD and Janata Dal United have been conscious that if Congress gained Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the get together’s bargaining capability would improve manifold when seat sharing talks take place for 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar and in addition, the Congress would demand extra seats within the 2025 meeting elections. The defeat of Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh has considerably diminished the stress on Nitish and Lalu Prasad and now, quite the opposite, Congress appears to be underneath stress from regional events.