December 11, 2018
Chennai : Opposition DMK, firmly entrenched in the UPA camp at the national level, on Tuesday welcomed the results of elections in Hindi hinterland – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The elections are significant in that coming ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Congress revival gives it a major booster dose.
For the Congress as well as its allies in that AICC president Rahul Gandhi has shown that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah combine can be beaten even in a straight fight. The Congress took the BJP election juggernaut and won a major electoral battle in two of the three Hindi heartland states and was poised to end up as the largest single party in Madhya Pradesh.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP and party’s face in New Delhi, Kanimozhi said after the election trends began pouring in, “the much awaited Ache Din (Good Day) has finally arrived.”
Her tweet is an indication of how much importance the allies of the Congress attach to the outcome of the elections to three assemblies, dubbed as semi-finals of the Lok Sabha general elections.
Said a political analyst, the results indicate that Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a leader in his own right in that he mounted a very powerful campaign and raised crucial issues of concern to the common man.
The Congress has gained strength as also bargaining power during seat sharing talks within the coalition partners in UPA as also its ability to attract new allies increases. Already, one ally of the BJP from Bihar joined the UPA when its leader attended the UPA meeting chaired by its chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday.