Congress president Rahul Gandhi seems to be determined to give a shock to SP-BSP combine in Uttar Pradesh, for excluding him in their alliance, by showing dramatic results in the state. After over a decade, he will be again active in his home state.
Though he has been getting mixed resopnse from the state, he is now confident to makes a difference. It may be open secret that Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati excluded him only with a view he may not make any difference.
In 2009, the Congress had performed well, thus establishing the leadership of Rahul. But in 2012, 2014, and 2017, the Congress faced defeat. The party, which had won 28 Lok Sabha seats in UP in 2009, could win only 28 Assembly seats in 2012. In 2017, its tally further reduced to seven Assembly seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, the Congress could win only two seats, and even Rahul won in a close fight.
Now, Rahul is all set to start his fifth election campaign in UP. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar have declared that the Congress will go alone in the State under Rahul’s leadership. It is being reported that Rahul has planned 15 rallies in UP in the next month alone.
Rahul is expected to address some more rallies in March before the announcement of elections. Apart from this, he will also tour his constituency. He is planning to ensure some surprises with regard to fielding of candidates too.
He want to prove that mere arithmetic may not work out in politics. He seems to be determined to prove that SP and BSP are making a mistake by leaving Congres out of their alliance. Congress supporters are comparing the present scenario with the situation of Bihar in 2009, where two alliance partners of the Congress went together, leaving the party out.
At that time, the then Railway Minister and leader of 25 MPs, Lalu Yadav, had joined hands with another Central Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, and distributed the Lok Sabha seats among themselves, leaving the Congress out. Lalu and Paswan had jointly addressed the media in a Delhi hotel and, some say, Lalu didn’t even take calls from either Rahul Gandhi or Ahmed Patel.
At that time, both had said that the Congress had the capability to win only three seats and thus they left three seats for the national party. When the results came out, the Congress had won two out of three seats, Lalu had won only five out of 25, and Paswan came down to zero from five seats. The same year, the Congress performed well in Uttar Pradesh. The party had fought alone and won 22 seats in the State. Overall, the party went up from 145 to 207.