It is not that the Congress Party surrendered all of a sudden without even trying for a win. After the Anna and Kejriwal Movement against corruption, the Congress was looking shaky, but got consoled when Arvind Kejriwal formed his own party. The Congress leaders were hoping that the anti-incumbency factor against the Congress will be minimized due to Kejriwal factor and the AAP will be able to divide the urban middle class vote share to the advantage of the Congress party.
The gamble played by Kejriwal after his 49 days Government in Delhi, however, did not materialize and the Congress party Chief Sonia Gandhi herself had to step in to take the lead by declaring that if Modi becomes PM, the nation will be divided. The statement coming from the Congress party chief at this last moment of elections is nothing, but a clear act of accepting that the party has really run out of the real issues of governance and development and is banking heavily on adding the communalism factor to the elections otherwise being fought on development agenda.
Earlier also she met Shahi Imam Bukhari and ensured that he appeals to the Muslim community to vote for the Congress party. Fortunately, Muslim community also understands that, this is all politics and the Congress party has nothing concrete to offer to the voters.
Thirteen million Youth Congress workers who were part of the Rahul Gandhi’s young army, are found missing and majority of them has already migrated towards AAP or BJP during the last 2 years. Unlike previous elections when Youth Congress members would be unmistakably present at public meetings with organizational flags, running separate enclosures, taking out their own rallies, their presence and enthusiasm is missing this election.
There is one interesting story from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Some BJP leaders were searching for a venue in a local college to hold the election rally. When BJP leaders interacted with the college students and told them the purpose of their visit, the students clearly told them that this venue will not be able to accommodate the huge crowd of Narendra Modi.
College students, who were affiliated to various political parties, were all ready to support Modi, irrespective of their political affiliations. Several of them clearly told- “Off course, we represent different political ideologies even in our College Union elections, but on the issue of supporting Modi, we stand united.”
Such stories speaks about the ground reality of the entire political situation and the Congress and other regional parties are now reconciled to this fact that the next Government will, in all probability, will be led by Narendra Modi only.
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