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Opinion: Congress Catastrophe In Haryana Contains A Deleted Tweet


The Rajya Sabha elections are pure political flex. And the 16 seats which have been contested (the others have been elected unopposed) changed into a midnight thriller with the BJP clinching victories in three of the 4 states concerned and posting an upset in Maharashtra.

The Congress had a dream run in Rajasthan with all three candidates crossing the ending line. The victory reinforces the administration and management of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at a time when his youthful rival, Sachin Pilot, needs to switch him because the state’s high boss. Gehlot emerged beaming from the social gathering workplace. “Jadu” (magic) tweeted his high aide, Shashi Kant Sharma, a praise that references the truth that Ashok Gehlot’s father was knowledgeable magician.

Regardless of the established, long-running rivalry between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, a united effort ensured that they didn’t lose one of many Congress’ three seats to Subhash Chandra, the proprietor of the Zee media group.

The BJP had backed him for re-election, making it clear that they anticipated a piece of the Congress to cross-vote. Subhash Chandra was much more direct, issuing public appeals to Sachin Pilot and his faction. Enormous public burn.

A united effort by the Congress in Rajasthan ensured that they didn’t lose any of the three seats.

Forward of the election, Ashok Gehlot had pressured all Congress legislators right into a resort with a shelter-in-place technique to make sure they did not stray. It’s a play he has made earlier than, and it continues to work for him. Impeccable timing as a result of it helps him lengthen his lien on the publish of Chief Minister until the elections are held in December this 12 months. It additionally reiterates why Sonia Gandhi, his social gathering President, has a lot religion in him.

In Haryana too, shelter-in-place was additionally adopted by Staff Hooda, however the Congress was misplaced each the seats up for election the BJP took one and a BJP-backed unbiased took the opposite. Occasion leaders Bhupender Singh Hooda and son Deepender have been bested by an indignant Kuldeep Singh Bishnoi, son of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, which meant that media proprietor Kartiyeka Sharma has scored a Rajya Sabha cross. His election comes at the price of Ajay Maken, a detailed aide of Rahul Gandhi, who had celebrated his victory with the customary laddus and victory tweet, which he was pressured to delete when he learnt that he had misplaced by two votes.

Kuldeep Bishnoi, who cross-voted, was indignant at being missed within the latest reconfiguration of the Congress in Haryana. He was supposed to satisfy Rahul Gandhi earlier than the election, however was smarting as a result of that assembly obtained cancelled. Kuldeep Bishnoi tweeted this morning that he knew “methods to kill snakes and would not go away the jungle for concern of the snakes”.

Kuldeep Singh Bishnoi, who cross-voted, aided the Congress defeat.

In Maharashtra, the coalition authorities headed by Uddhav Thackeray and mentored by Sharad Pawar bumped into hassle. It tried to win 4 seats, however managed three. The BJP, which was assured two seats, win a 3rd on account of the administration of former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Two MLAs have been extraordinarily in poor health however confirmed as much as vote. Devendra Fadnavis publicly credited them for the victory.

A lot was made by Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar of the “tradition of Maharashtra” of their appeals, however Thackeray’s lackadaisical strategy, which noticed him interacting with the voters (MLAs) solely after Pawar pressed the panic button, did them in.

Pawar, who by no means likes being on the shedding facet, and is a champion at indirect strikes, promptly distanced himself from the lack of ten votes which converted to the BJP.

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The BJP received three of the six seats in Maharashtra.

Amongst these elected from the BJP is Union Minister Piyush Goyal who publicly thanked Devendra Fadnavis. Staff Thackeray ought to be nervous in regards to the potential affect of those elections on these to be held lasted this 12 months for the highly effective and wealthy municipal company of Bombay.

The victors from the federal government have been Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, Praful Patel of the NCP, which is Sharad Pawar’s social gathering, and Imran Pratapgarhi of the Congress. Not one of the Maharashtra Congress leaders have been remotely enthused by the final as a candidate, although he was endorsed by Priyanka Gandhi.

Karnataka noticed the Congress land one seat for Jairam Ramesh. The BJP received three, together with that of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Jaggesh and Lehar Singh. Right here, the debacle was centred round Devendra Gowda’s JDS – the regional social gathering couldn’t win even one seat and a JDS MLA who cross-voted claimed to “love” the Congress.

(Swati Chaturvedi is an writer and a journalist who has labored with The Indian Specific, The Statesman and The Hindustan Instances.)

Disclaimer: These are the non-public opinions of the writer.

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