17 April, 2021

Bloom-time For Lotus?

The North-side view: Delhi looks too distant for Rao

Bloom-time For Lotus?

THE North has been consistently slipping from the Congress' grasp. It fared badly in the last few elections, and there are no indications to the contrary this time. This leaves the Congress with little hope of improving on its '91 tally, when it sent 71 MPs to the Lok Sabha from 185 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and the Union territory of Chandigarh. If the South has just begun to show its disillusionment, the North does not seem enthused by the stability plank.

Take Madhya Pradesh. The state has the largest number of scam-tainted ministers who are either not contesting or are in the fray as rebel candidates. Without the support structure of its senior leaders (the Shukla brothers are not contesting), the Congress is fighting for survival. Even Kamal Nath and Arvind Netam who are campaigning for their wives (both party candidates) are reluctant Congressmen.

Adding to its woes are Arjun Singh, whose Congress(T) is likely to wean away a major chunk of votes, and...

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