Rahul Gandhi’s Slogan ‘Waqt Hai Badlav Ka’ Making Impact in MP
| Onkareshwar Pandey - 29 Sep 2018

Rahul Gandhi’s Slogan ‘Waqt Hai Badlav Ka’ Making Impact in MP

By Raju Kumar

Bhopal, Sep 29, 2018: The Congress party, which remains out of power in the state for last 15 years, is now adopted the strategy of “do or die”. The Congress party, which has consistently been sluggish, is appearing to be very energetic from the last few months. Congress President’s recent mega road show in Bhopal has made a significant impact in the masses across the state. Two weeks ago, Congress national president Rahul Gandhi successfully conducted a road show to launch party’s Sankalp Yatra. He also held dialogue with the party workers in Bhopal before formally launching the electoral campaign for upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s campaign in the poll bound Madhya Pradesh, known to be a BJP bastion, from Bhopal, where posters had came up describing him as a devotee of Lord Shiva, has become a major talk of the town. With the slogan of “Waqt hai badlav ka” (it’s time for change) on every banner & poster, the Congress party has tried to overcome internal dispute and change the state leadership.

          Rahul Gandhi’s recent road show ‘Sankalp Yatra’ in the state, which lasted for more than 4 hours, and the subsequent meeting with the party workers, although it was more like a general public meeting, has energies the whole party here. The road show and dialogue filled the party worker’s with enthusiasm. During his speech, Rahul Gandhi made scathing attack on both State as well as the Central Government.

He made sarcastic remark that the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister had made about 20,000 different promises but still unable to provide employment to the people. He reiterated, that if Congress came to power, it will not allow the culprits of Vyapam scams or E-tendering scam to run away like Vijay Mallya. He also commented that Madhya Pradesh has become number one in – unemployment, corruption, rape and exploitation. “One the one hand, Prime Minister makes fake promises and the same is repeated here”.

He also attacked the Central government on the issues of black money, Rafael deal, Mallya’s escape to London etc. He said that Congress will fight the polls in united manner and will definitely defeat the ruling BJP.

          He stated that it’s a favourable time for bringing change in the state. On the one side State government failed on various fronts and Central government on the other fronts. In such circumstances, serious efforts by the Congress can change the scenario in the State.

It was not the fact that there were no political issues during 2008 or 2013 assembly elections, however, Congress neither properly attempted to raise those issues nor made united efforts to win elections against BJP. In 2008, when the BJP was in the electoral fray, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh was on target for the Dumpar issue. But by then he succeeded to establish his popularity among the masses.

The scattered Congress could not stand before BJP's strategists and Shivraj's popularity. In 2013 also, it was felt that people wanted to bring change. But with the active presence of the BJP at the grassroots and the boosted morale of the workers, Congress remained scattered and could not muster the public support. Then also Shivraj was at the apex in the umbrella of BJP. During that period also, various rallies and visits were organized to eliminate the anger among the party men.

          From 2004 to 2013, the Congress-led UPA government was in the center. In this way, all the veteran leaders of the state were handling the ministry in the Congress government at the Center, but they never gave serious attention towards the state. There silence sharpened factionalism in the state. Every leaders with their supporters formed groups in their own areas. Talking about reconciliation between them was a distance dream when they were even started hesitating to share common forum.  In such a way, the path for the BJP was automatically turned easier. But now the the situation has turned differently.

There is no Congress government in the center. The Congress is shrinking down throughout the country. And Lok Sabha elections will also be held next year. In such a situation, assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram have a lot of significance for Congress. National Congress along with the state Congress is also taking the elections of these states very seriously. It is because of this that Rahul Gandhi applauded that the Congress will fight the polls together in united manner and will beat the BJP. But after all attempts, the Congress goes mistaken on some points. In the publicity campaign of the Sankalp Yatra, the cut-outs of the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh did not find place, whereas the pictures of all other senior leaders were there . Digvijay Singh also seemed to be angry on this. Then state Congress chief Kamal Nath apologized for the blunder from Digvijay Singh.

          In spite of its weaknesses, the Congress seems to be very enthusiastic because the state has growing dissatisfaction against the ruling BJP. The farmers of the state are agitating. Contract workers are also angry with the government. The Chief Minister's Jan Ashirvad Yatra is not getting good response as was seen last time. Increasing inflation and unemployment have made the public angry with the Center. In such a situation, the BJP is not taking the Congress lightly as was in the previous elections, especially, when the Congress has won in the recent by-elections.

Tags: Madhya Pradesh; Congress Party in MP; Rahula Gandhi’s Road Show in Bhopal; BJP; CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan; India; Assembly Elections 2019;


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