New Delhi, January 5
The release of election schedule for five states Assembly elections have heated up politics in Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa. After 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Congress has been facing a series of defeats. Now it is putting all its strength to gain power in Uttarakhand and Manipur.
But Congress would win in these two states? Would BJP retain power in Goa?
It looks like an uphill task for Congress to win the elections in Manipur and Uttarakhand on the out set. The party had won power in these two states in 2012 elections.
Congress had won 42 seats out of 60 in Manipur and Trinamool Congress won 7 seats. In Uttarakhand, Congress had won 32 out of total 70 seats, while BJP won 31 and BSP three seats. Congress then had formed a coalition government with BSP.
In spite of a brief rebellion drama in Uttarakhand with BJP support, Harish Rawat is running the government in the State. But the internal bickerings have become a headache for the party high command.
BJP tried to encourage revolts in Congress but had to stop with court intervention. Now Congress government is ruling the state. But BJP strongly believes that there is a strong opposition among the public on Harish Rawat government and trying to cash in on this point.
Meanwhile, Congress is confident of its victory as BJP encouraged defections in their party.
The situation in Goa is different. BJP senior leader and former Chief Minister Manohar Parikar is now a Central Minister. The party played on his clean image. Despite being a Central Minister, Parikar with his frequent State tours always lends support to the party leaders.
There appears to be neither positive nor negative reports towards Chief Minister Parsekar’s rule in Goa. The BJP leaders are confident of retaining power in the State with Modi and Parikar’s popularity. Also lack of strong leadership in Congress is a point of advantage for the BJP.
BJP leaders are expecting reversal of political scenario in Manipur. It failed to win even one seat in the last elections. But the party grown as a strong force in Assom, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and other states after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. Hence the leaders are confident of winning Manipur.
On the other hand, Congress has pinned all its hopes on Chief Minister Ibobi Singh’s popularity.