21 October, 2020

Return To Palm Springs

The Congress sweep was expected, the hiccup in Haryana not so much

Apoorva Salkade
Return To Palm Springs

It surely had the wind in its sails after the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress has now applied that momentum to conjure up the appearance of being a more cohesive entity today, especially when compared with the fractured opposition. So it’s not that surprising that it has retained power in Maharashtra (in alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party) and Arunachal Pradesh. The results in Haryana, however, prove that complacency and arrogance can still show you up. So, despite a divided opposition and a non-polarising Jat leader like Bhupinder Singh Hooda ensconced as CM, the party fell six seats short of a simple majority, with Jats outside Hooda’s Rohtak-Sonepat circle crossing over to Om Prakash Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). Indeed, the Haryana results may have been worse for the Congress had the BJP not broken up with the INLD.



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