Why BJP’s call for ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ is not far-fetched
With the loss of Himachal Pradesh even as assembly election results came out, the Congress rule has been reduced to only four states. Congress today lost in Gujarat also. In the last three years since 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has not managed to retain power in any of the states where assembly elections have been held.
However, the party won elections in Punjab and Puducherry. The Congress was not in power in both these states. Congress continued to lose one assembly election after another which was held in the last three years.
The situation has come to such a pass that out of total 29, the Congress has governments in only four states – Karnataka, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Punjab. The BJP, on the other hand, is ruling 14 states on its own and is a junior partner in coalition governments in five other states.
So far, a total of 18 states have gone to the polls after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Of them, the BJP has registered victory in 11 states while the Congress has managed victory in two only.
Now the Congress has lost Himachal Pradesh, which is being seen as another step closer to BJP’s mission of ensuring “Congress-mukt-Bharat”. The BJP national president Amit Shah said that the party has now the agenda of wresting state of Karnataka from Congress. If this could be a reality, then the Congress will have just one big state-Punjab-to its kitty.
The bad days for the Congress actually began with the defeat in Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and in the polls held thereafter. The Congress, which was instrumental in the partition of Andhra Pradesh, lost elections in both Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
The Congress managed to win Arunachal Pradesh but several party MLAs ditched the party and joined the BJP.
Congress’s performance was not good in the elections to the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Haryana and Maharashtra. The Congress was ruling the government in Haryana, it was a coalition partner in the other three states. But it lost Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra to BJP. As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, the BJP formed a coalition government with PDP in the state.
Congress was completely routed as the hands of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in 2015. Congress could not even open an account in Delhi.
In 2016, the Congress lost Kerala to the Left and Assam to the BJP. Congress could not win in West Bengal despite being in coalition with the Left. Then came Punjab elections wherein Congress managed to trounce the BJP-Akali combine. But the Congress lost Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa to the BJP. Congress could not emerge victorious in Gujarat which could have ended the BJP rule in the state. To add to its woes, Congress lost Himachal Pradesh.