Rahul Gandhi appears to be a lucky charm of the Congress party which barged on the verge of extinction in 2014 elections, is now swirling the poll counts as the leading party in the five states.
With the sudden slump in electoral fortunes of the BJP, 2019 is no longer a walkover for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The result is a fresh lease of life for the Congress which now has a stronger claim to leadership in the proposed grand alliance of non-BJP parties in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In Telangana, however, the party’s alliance with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP has failed to dent K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti which is zooming towards a thumping return to power. It’s a vindication for KCR who had called snap polls to capitalise on interim popularity. In Mizoram, the ruling Congress has lost out to Mizo National Front with CM Lal Thanhawla trailing.
Among the big players in fray, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan are leading in Jhalrapatan and Budhni seats, respectively. Congress candidate and Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh is trailing against Raje in Jhalrapatan. Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh is also trailing against Congress candidate Karuna Shukla, who is Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece.
BJP chief Amit Shah also had a discussion with party general secretary and MP Bhupendra Yadav on results of Rajasthan elections. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP says that their vote percentage is higher than the Congress so all’s not lost. They are in the game. Party incharge of MP, Dharmendra Pradhan, is in touch with state leaders and is monitoring leads coming from all counting centres.
Crucial meeting is underway in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence. BJP national VP Prabhat Jha and other top leaders are present. Discussion is being held on BJP’s results in the state.
“People are tired of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Unemployment, farmers, rupee are worrying trends. Trend shows it is going to be a change in 2019,” says former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah.
“People know that ‘achche din’ have not come. They know that black money didn’t come. They know that there is no employment. PM Modi should not have been so proud and isolated others. We won’t do that. We will keep opposition with us and we’ll reach out to Independents,” says Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan.
If the prevailing trends continue, BSP presently leading at five seats in MP, could emerge as a kingmaker as both BJP and Congress are away from the magic figure of 116.
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However, Congress supporters had argued that it was a vote for their party considering the remarkably high voter turnout of 80% in rural areas and was therefore a vote for change.
Congress’ Shashank Bhargava is leading from Vidisha. In the 2013 Assembly elections, BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had defeated Bhargava by a margin of 16,966 votes from Vidisha. However, BJP’s Umakant Sharma is leading in Sironj. Sharma is the brother of Vyapam accused and former minister of higher and technical education Laxmikant Sharma.
Vasundhara Raje now leading in Jhalrapatan by a margin of over 4,000 votes.
In Mizoram, Dr BD Chakma, who quit the Congress to join BJP leading from Tuichawng, while Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is leading in two — Aizawl North I and II.
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