New Delhi: Even though Congress recently lost the assembly elections in 3 Hindi speaking states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, party leaders say this defeat has dented the prospects and bargaining power of the oldest party in the ‘INDIA’ alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Has not reduced the strength of. On the condition of anonymity, a senior party leader said, ‘The results of the three states are undoubtedly disappointing, but it does not prove that the Congress has been wiped out.’ Congress still remains the biggest force against BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and has a presence in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, where regional parties have no hold.
‘We have to accept the ground reality’
When the Congress leader was reminded that his party is in power only in Himachal Pradesh in North India and is in alliance with regional allies in Jharkhand and Bihar, he said, ‘There is no doubt that we need power in Bihar, Jharkhand and Elections will have to be fought in alliance in Uttar Pradesh because regional parties like Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Samajwadi Party are strong there. A party source also agreed with the leader’s sentiments and said, ‘We have to accept the ground reality that regional parties are strong in these states and Congress needs to garner their support.’
Direct contest between Congress and BJP in many states
However, sources said that after Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, Congress has its presence in all the other states and especially in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, it is the main rival of BJP. Sources said the party poses a direct threat to the BJP in North India and will definitely challenge it. Sources said that when the seat sharing talks for states in the ‘INDIA’ alliance will begin, the results of the recent assembly elections will have no impact on the bargaining power of the Congress.
‘It is not easy to deal with AAP and Samajwadi Party’
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge held a meeting with alliance partners after the elections.
Meanwhile, another party leader said that it will not be easy to deal with AAP and Samajwadi Party considering the bad relations in the last few months. The Congress leader said that AAP, which is in power in Delhi and Punjab, will have to build a consensus on the seats in these two states. He further said that in Punjab, Congress has been the main party against AAP, while in Delhi it has to face BJP apart from Aam Aadmi Party, which had won all 7 Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. The party leader further said that all issues will be discussed between the alliance partners during the seat sharing talks.
The meeting was held under the leadership of Kharge on Wednesday evening.
Let us inform that on Wednesday evening, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge had chaired a meeting with the leaders of ‘INDIA’ alliance and the next meeting of the alliance will be held in the third week of December to prepare the strategy for 2024 and start talks for seat sharing. Decided to call. After the third meeting of ‘INDIA’ alliance in Mumbai on August 31 and September 1, it was announced that it will form a 14-member coordination committee and a 19-member election strategy committee to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. (IANS)
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