Cong’s em­phatic ‘come­back’

The Free Press Journal - - NATION - PRAKASH BHAN­DARI

The var­i­ous exit polls show Congress as the party that is go­ing to de­throne the BJP in the state. Its cred­itable on the part of the Congress that was dumped by the elec­torate in 2013 Vid­han Sabha elec­tion and it could get only 21 seats in a House of 200 roar back.

The party may come back to power barely six months be­fore the Lok Sabha elec­tions in 2019. Now as the Congress is sit­ting pretty, it is ex­pected that the party would show bet­ter re­sults in the Lok Sabha polls in the State where it lost all the 25 seats.

It goes to the credit of Sachin Pi­lot, the 41-yearold Pradesh Congress pres­i­dent who re­ju­ve­nated the party from al­most scratch. But he was not alone in the Her­culean task, but it was the syn­ergy of the for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Ashok Gehlot and Pi­lot that worked won­ders.

The party as per the exit poll has done well in all the six re­gions of the state. The most happy thing for the Congress is its per­for­mance in the cen­tral Ra­jasthan where it could not open its ac­count in the last elec­tion. Now in the cen­tral zone, the Congress is likely to emerge as the em­pathic win­ner, par­tic­u­larly in the Jaipur dis­trict which has the high­est 19 seats.

The cen­tral re­gion has 36 seats and the Congress is likely to win 20 seats.

Af­ter the cen­tral re­gion, the Congress is likely to outscore the BJP in the north­ern zone that has 39 seats and the Congress hope to win 26 seats and in the south­ern re­gion out of the 35 seats, it hopes to win 21 seats.

But the party is likely to share hon­ours with the BJP in the west­ern re­gion that in­cludes the two bor­der dis­tricts of Barmer and Jaisalmer. This is the re­gion where the tallest of the state Congress leader Ashok Gehlot comes. He was largely re­spon­si­ble for the dis­burse­ment of tick­ets in the state. The Congress was ex­pected to sweep the poll in this re­gion be­cause of Gehlot, but here it has to share the hon­ours.

In this re­gion the Congress could win only three seats in last assem­bly elec­tions, but Gehlot’s ef­fort has helped the party re­vive its for­tune. Yet, the party could have per­formed bet­ter, but is fielded weak can­di­dates.

The Hadauti and the Mat­sya re­gion are the strongholds of the BJP, but the Congress has im­proved tremen­dously there. In the Hadauti re­gion that has 17 seats, the Congress would fin­ish marginally ahead of the BJP but in Mat­sya it is ex­pected to win an em­phatic 20 out of 29 seats.

The Congress is ex­pected to fin­ish with 115 seats and the BJP that won 162 seats in the last elec­tion would lose 100 of its seats.

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