13 April, 2021

A Win In The Palm

Anti-incumbency is a cliche. But it could spell redemption for the Congress in the Kerala and Assam assembly polls.

A Win In The Palm
The oldest political party of our country—the Congress—is engrossed in doing what, of late, it has done best: riding atop the anti-incumbency hope. Battered and literally reduced to playing the second fiddle, from being the 'unquestionable' formation of governance, the party's only nutrient has been its ability to hope and make merry at the slightest hint of negative mandate.

This summer, it is looking forward to what its leaders call two "certain" victories in the crucial 2001 assembly elections, in which a total of five states are going to the hustings. Congress leaders in the eastern state of Assam and the southern province of Kerala claim people in their respective states have had enough of the ruling Asom Gana Parishad (agp) and the ldf and the time for change has come.

Says Congress MP from Assam Tarun Gogoi: "The agp may shout from rooftops about having controlled militants but the free run it has given to surrendered insurgents and the complete lack of development in the rural areas will not be forgiven by the people. They want change and the Congress will...

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