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Congress to suffer another setback

With elections in sight in four states of Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress should be ready for a major setback as an exodus is all set to happen. With the Congress in a disarray in all the states, the disillusioned leaders have started looking for safer pastures. In Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda baiter Choudhury Birender Singh is likely to join the BJP after his meeting with the BJP president Amit Shah. He is expected to make his announcement of joining the BJP by Friday. 

Singh is not the only one to quit the party, captain Ajay Yadav a minister in the Hooda Cabinet till Tuesday is also quitting and he too is likely to join the BJP. Yadav is also in touch with the INLD leaders. Besides Yadav the Faridabad MP Avatar Singh Bhadana is also in touch with the state leaders of the BJP. Karamvir Singh Saini, the Congress spokesperson in Haryana has already moved over to BJP a few months back. If Birender Singh joins the BJP, it is will prove to be boon for the party which does not have a credible Jat face to counter Hooda and Chautala.

Jaikishen, the only Dalit MLA has been shown the carrot by the Congress leadership that he would be made the Delhi PCC chief in place of Arvinder Singh Lovely. Unlike Jaikishen, Arvinder Singh Lovely may be an English speaking articulate but he has no base. Lovely like in the six out of the eight MLAs has also won on the basis of the Muslim support. But if elections are held today then reports suggest that Muslims may not vote for the Congress.

The Muslims have become insecure after the Lok Sabha poll verdict. The feeling in the community gaining ground is that in Delhi Congress cannot stop the BJP and they plan to move over to the Aam Aadmi Party which has emerged as the alternative to the Congress. The thinking in the Congress is that unless they recover their core support of the dalits, they cannot revive the party. So Jaikishen who is known as a mass leader should now be made the PCC chief. Rahul Gandhi after the assembly polls had said that the Congress lost because the Balmikis did not vote for the Congress but soon after Jaikishen was totally ignored leaving him to sulk. But after he along with the other five was approached by the BJP, the party leadership has become worried.

There are now indications that they can consider his candidature for the PCC chief’s post. The other name is of Sheila Dixit. There is a section which wants Sheila to return and lead the party. When Matin Ahmad and Mohammad Asif met Sonia Gandhi last week they requested her to call back Sheila Dixit as she alone has the stature to counter the BJP both at the national and at the Delhi level. The present leadership of Delhi does not have the same stature as Modi or even Harsh Vardhan.

She has done much in the capital and has the charisma to rope in the middle classes which had moved over to AAP and the BJP in the assembly elections. After their disillusionment with the AAP and the BJP after the Lok Sabha elections they can return back to the Congress if Sheila leads the party. But then there are people who do not want Sheila and are lobbying for Ajay Maken who lost his Lok Sabha election but has the support of Rahul Gandhi.

As the people of Uttar Pradesh suffer the heat and humidity because of the unlimited power cuts ordered by the Akhilesh Yadav government,  Samajwadi Party supreme Mulayam Singh Yadav had to face a similar situation like the people of UP. One day early this week when Mulayam Singh reached the Parliament, he was in a hurry to reach his party office on the third floor where people were waiting for him. He went straight to the lift number one outside the gate of the Parliament lobby but was upset to find that the lift was not working as there was no power in it. He then went to the other lift and there too the lift was not working because there was no power. IPA
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