25 October, 2020

Congress On A High

With the setback to the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress mood is upbeat especially after a high turnout of women, Muslim and SC/ST voters in the first phase of polling

Congress On A High

SONIA Gandhi may not like it but she could well end up implementing bete noire P.V. Narasimha Rao's agenda of May 1996—stop the BJP from forming the government by hook or by crook. And if the BJP and allies fail to get to the magical 230 mark—when they can think of making a bid for power—the credit will go largely to Sonia's whirlwind electoral feat, matched perhaps only by Indira and Rajiv Gandhi.

In such a scenario, she would also be solely responsible for the surge of optimism that is sweeping the Congress (conservative party estimates put the tally above 165 with even talk that it could emerge as the single largest party). This, when everyone had thought the Congress was sinking into "irreversible decay". The only price the lady of 10, Janpath has had to pay is that with her plunge into politics she has made herself more vulnerable to criticism from opposition leaders.

 "I am not sure about what the Congress will do, but I am pretty certain about what we will not do. That is, we will not allow them...



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