Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to be confident now to fight against BJP, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi alone in 2019 polls. After emerging victorious in three BJP-ruled States, he said to be vexed with `wasting’ time in `pampering’ non-Congress parties like BSP and Samajwadi Party with regard to seat sharing. It may be recalled that he tried his best to spare some seats to those two parties in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. But their unsuval demands makes Congress to went back. It was said that BSP supreme sought as many as 40 seats in Madhya Pradesh.
Though he is seen accommodative with parties like JD (S) in Karnataka and DMK in Tamil Nadu, whose political ambitions are limited to their respective states, he is finding it difficult to adjust with leaders cultivating `national ambition’. Leaders like Mayawati, Mamata Banarji and Mulayam Singh Yadav are determined to weaken Congress so that to force the grand old party to play the role of second-fiddle to meet their own Prime Ministerial ambitions.
Many Congress leaders are stating that now Rahul Gandhi is seen as a completely changed person. After assembly elections, he has instructed party leaders from West Bengal to start preparations for fighting on all 42 seats of the State. Till now he was seen as waiting to the `mercy’ of Mamata Banarjee for seat sharing. The State Congress leaders have convinced him that they can win more seats on their own than after going into an alliance.
Apart from West Bengal, the Congress will also fight alone in Uttar Pradesh. After knowing that both SP and BSP have almost finalized their seat sharing and not in a mood to leave more than two seats for Congress, the seats represented by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Congress has already started preparations to contest all seats in the state.
Both Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav seems to be of the view that they can benefit more if the Congress fights alone. If Congress takes away some upper caste votes from BJP, that will be beneficial to them. However, Rahul feels political arithmetic will be different from mere number.
Apart from these two States, Rahul is gearing up to contest on his own in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as well. In the Telangana Assembly Elections, the Congress had gone with the TDP, but results proved that both parties would not go into an alliance ever again. Even in Assam, the Congress will go solo, as Rahul has learnt his party will suffer if it joins hands with Badruddin Ajmal. In Odisha also Congress have to go alone.