Counting has begun on 230 seats of Madhya Pradesh and 199 seats of Rajasthan assembly seats and the picture for results will be clear by noon but both the prominent states are seeing something that nobody in Congress would have imagined.
Big blow for Congress?
Congress is the ruling party in Rajasthan and in opposition in Madhya Pradesh. Seeing giant leaders like Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot losing their charismatic effect depicts that Congress needs to rethink its strategy.
Kamal Nath trailing!
Kamal Nath’s trailing is a big blow for Congress as this Sonia Gandhi confidante was the main face in Madhya Pradesh for the party. It was Kamal Nath who took the oath and came into power after Congress scored a decent majority in the 2018 assembly elections.
It was just after Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the BJP with 21 MLAs that the fate of Congress and Kamal Nath changed and he lost the floor test.
While the BJP managed to come into the government in the last elections, the assembly elections 2023 are supposed to be the litmus test for Congress’ Kamal Nath who was picked on priority by the high command.
The test doesn’t look like doing any favour to the ‘favourite boy’ of Congress currently. If results remain the same as the trends, Congress needs a new mascot in the state.
Sachin not the pilot?
Sachin Pilot, the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan is trailing from Tonk, the seat from where he is the sitting MLA. It was Sachin Pilot whose intensive campaign led to Congress’ win in the 2018 assembly elections.
Though he was not so benefitted by Congress coming into power as there were speculations doing rounds of him being the chief minister, all turned out to be a mirage as the high command picked Ashok Gehlot to lead the state.
Sachin Pilot erupted as a revolutionary candidate after he revolted against CM Ashok Gehlot. However, if he loses his impact as a sitting MLA, he might be out of the game.
Bhupesh Baghel, the CM trails!
The sitting CM of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel seems to lose ground in the state as he trails from Patan. There was always an internal conflict between Baghel and TS Singhdeo to the extent that two tenures of 2.5 years each were making speculations for the state’s chief ministerial candidature.
The game has changed suddenly in the naxal-hit state and the BJP is giving tough competition to the ruling party. In case Congress manages to grab it somehow, it still would be a difficult task for Baghel to make his space as the party’s face.