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Elections in five states, including the most populous of Uttar Pradesh and the main power center of Punjab, have had additional significance for the Congress – the atmosphere in which its upcoming organizational polls will take place.
The party, which is aiming to appoint a new long-term president amid the exit of key leaders, rumbling discontent from a section of veterans and allegations of drift, could find the perfect stage in these polls for that the next president takes over. , people familiar with the matter said.
Regarding the party’s prospects in the polls, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, “Winning elections is always desirable for a political party. We expect a win in at least two states and a good result in a third. »
“Our victories will silence our critics. But if you talk about organizational polls, at any time our former president Rahul Gandhi will get an overwhelming majority whenever elections are held,” he added.
Congress hopes rest on a return to power in Punjab and victory in at least one of the three small states: Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur. As it battles Assembly UP polls for the first time under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, experts say Congress faces an uphill battle in a four-way battle against the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
In Uttarakhand and Goa, Congress hopes to leverage the anti-incumbent factor against the current BJP governments. In Uttarakhand, Congress aims to woo voters with subsidies on cooking gas prices and fill government vacancies.
Congress has promised to cap the price of cooking gas cylinders at ₹500.
He also announced that 57,000 vacancies in various ministries would be filled within a year.
A senior official said improved performance ahead of the party’s organizational elections would be “useful for the next president” and could go a long way to “stem the drain” of senior leaders.
“There is no doubt that regardless of the results, Rahul Gandhi will enjoy an overwhelming majority in the organisation’s next elections. We do not even expect a candidacy for the Jitin Prasada of the G23. But winning these polls will cement Congress’ position in the opposition ranks and further strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s position,” a party strategist involved in election planning said on condition of anonymity.
In a virtual rally on Monday, Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi highlighted the central theme of the party’s campaign in this election. “Congress politics is about service and rights,” said Sonia Gandhi, pointing to people’s empowerment efforts.
Goa, where Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is vying for its early polls, is another state where Congress hopes to perform well.
In these two states, the party has also tried to exploit specific sectors such as tourism.
As the party promised to create a tourism police in Uttarakhand, in Goa, Rahul Gandhi interacted with Anganwadi workers and those working in the tourism sector, which he started in 2014 when he spent a lot of time in sectoral micro-meetings.
Congress has sent its chief strategist Jairam Ramesh as pollster to Manipur just as it has deployed P Chidambaram, a pan-India face and key pollster strategist to Goa.
But party insiders say winning Manipur would be a major challenge for the Congress against the BJP and other local political parties.