Right before completing a year of his presidency of the Congress party Rahul Gandhi has clicked miracle by winning three Hindi belt states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and rang alarm bells for the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who ridiculed him time and again that the Gandhi scion was immature and inexperienced to lead the party. However, within one year, he proved his mettle and led the party to victory in a grand way and inflicted a painful defeat to the BJP in the elections which were assumed a semi-final before the Lok Sabha elections about six months away. Among five states that went to assembly polls, the Congress faced defeat in Mizoram where the regional party Mizo National Front wrested power from Congress and in Telangana, the party formed an alliance with TDP, Telangana Jana Samiti and the CPI, but failed to dethrone the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. This defeat should be attributed to the bungling of the state leadership of the Congress in Telangana. In these two states the Congress did not face the BJP, but in three states where it confronted the BJP, the latter was forced to eat a humble pie. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP president Amit Shah and other leaders including Yogi Adityanath strained every nerve to retain power but failed to convince the people in their favour. In Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh the anti-incumbency against the three-time rule of BJP was apparent but the misrule of the Modi government also worked as a potential point.
When the BJP star campaigners spoke a lot against Rahul Gandhi instead of the performance of the state and central government, Rahul Gandhi did not resort to any personal remark, but told the people about the failures of the state and central government including the Rafale scam. Narendra Modi fulfilled few promises and committed blunders of demonetization and haphazard implementation of GST. People across the country were tortured by these steps. In the wake of the scrapping of high-denomination notes, thousands of industries were forced to shut up shop rendering lakhs of people jobless. GST has been an unbearable burden for small industries and businessmen. The promise to give transparent and uncorrupt government was exposed when the Rafale deal scam came to the fore. The youth are angry because the ghost of joblessness has been haunting them. A common man is burdened by the sky-rocketing prices of consumer commodities and constant increase in petrol and diesel prices. The farmers are already up in arms. Consequently people in the states were bound to react. To save the face of central leadership, the Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said the policies of the centre had nothing to do with his defeat because election was fought on local issues. By this remark, he indirectly reminded the role of the Modi government. If the state is ruled by the party which is at the helm of affairs at the centre, the people are justified to hit back at the party in the state.
Recently in Uttar Pradesh, where Rahul Gandhi did his best in campaigning, his combined efforts with the state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav bore no fruits only because the secular votes were dented by the BSP. Last December in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi pushed the BJP to the wall and it scraped through the election. Here also the credit went to Rahul Gandhi who bearded the lion in its den. In Karnataka, the Congress turned its defeat into victory by forming the government allying with the JD(S). Now it was the direct contest with the BJP and the Congress emerged victorious. It is the beginning of the victorious era of the Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. While the Prime Minister accepted the defeat of his party with humility, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Party had to introspect. Mamata Banerjee said it is people’s victory and the victory of democracy. It is expected that this victory will continue in the 2019 elections also.