MA Baby | Photo: Mathrubhumi archives
Kochi: With the never-ending saga of defeats, the Congress party is at its worst stage since independence as yet another election debacle has snatched the hopes of its followers to have a comeback in the imminent future.
In the elections held in five states, Congress lost ruling Punjab to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and also failed to come back in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. In all these states BJP took comfortable leads despite exit poll predictions of a close flight. Congress came fourth in Uttar Pradesh, where BJP headed for a record win.
The Congress leaders call for revamping the party on a war footing by taking suitable measures to avoid getting it wiped off from the minds of people. However, none of the Congress leaders contacted by Mathrubhumi.com reporter was willing to comment on it.
“Punjab must be a lesson for the Congress party as it lost even a ruling state owing to the political foolishness of the people at the top positions of the party. There is nothing wrong with someone from a particular family coming to the top of a party. But appointing someone, who does not have the political maturity or organisational experience, to lead a party only because of his birth in a family does not sound fair. Rahul Gandhi's Hindutva remarks were so childish and an ideal example to showcase his political immaturity. For Sudhakaran, Satheesan and Chennithala, the term high command denotes the 'Rahul, Priyanka and Soniya trio'. Congress has borne the brunt in the polls due to their utter foolishness as all their moves to address the fiction among state leaders in Punjab failed drastically,” said MA Baby.
He also said that the victory of the BJP in the state assembly polls is the result of its 'mischievous and criminally ingenious' election management. “Their victory is not stable. By declaring an emergency, Indira Gandhi thought of holding power; but in the 1977 polls, Congress had to face a big failure. Similarly, the people of India will defeat Modi-led BJP by recognizing its real face. CPM has a role to play in exposing the communal ideologies of BJP and its leaders sensed failure in the way farmers' strike was handled in the beginning. Modi's apology later was a tactic to win polls' otherwise they would have failed drastically,” added Baby.
After failing to unveil the destructive politics of BJP, Congress started following the political ideologies of BJP. “Rahul Gandhi's Hindutva remarks were an ideal example for it as Congress tries to resist the intense Hindutva agenda of BJP with mild communalism. Congress also failed to project any alternatives for the odd financial policies of BJP. It was at this juncture, AAP succeeded in winning public support by projecting ideal alternatives and people chose AAP to rule them. In fact, the election results in Punjab are a hope that the people in the nation will accept forces which are anti-BJP and non-Congress,” said Baby.
Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi party came up strong and influential in the elections and the UP results showed the existence of a 'credible alternative' for BJP. “Lack of vision among Congress leaders was reflected in these polls too as they contested in maximum seats only to taste defeat instead of joining with other anti-BJP parties to win the trust of people on a possible 'credible alternative',” added Baby.
The state leaders of BJP were cheering up over the tremendous victory of BJP in the states and also consider it as the result of the development-oriented ruling of the Modi-led BJP government across the nation.
“This victory is an acceptance for the good ruling of the Narendra-Modi led BJP government at the Center. At least through this failure, Congress must realise that they cannot go ahead by raising baseless allegations against Modi and BJP,” said MT Ramesh, BJP State General Secretary.