After UP debacle, Congress routed in Delhi too
OT, April 17, 2012 23:10 IST
Nilofer Raquib/OT Reporter
Congress woes continue to brim over. After the debacle in UP and Punjab, the party had desperately needed a win to boost its confident. Mumbai provided an opportunity. But there too it lost to the Shiv Sena-BJP combine in the local elections. It was understood that Congress’ improved performance in Delhi municipal election 2012 would give the party honchos a chance to cheer.
But the results have been only given heartaches to the Congress. It is another story that the party has brushed the defeat aside calling it part of democracy.
But the BJP is boasting about its achievement. And they are right in doing so as they fought this election as a semi-final to the Assembly election 2013. Congress has more than a year to get things in order.
To succeed in the future, the party leaders, particularly Sheila Dikshit, who has been ruling Delhi for the last 13 years, have to arrest the anti-Congress wave.
The BJP with 59 seats in North; 44 in South and 35 in East will further consolidate its position.
The downfall of the Congress that began following the Commonwealth corruption charges continues unabated. After coming into power for the third term, the Congress has failed on many fronts like price rise and corruption. Besides, they have removed subsidy on essential items infuriating the citizens. Okhla MP Sandeep Dikshit has accepted this fact.
This is not to say that the BJP has the potential to deliver good governance. The party too has been accused of not managing the MCD well. But it appears that the voters are deeply upset with the Congress and hence they decided to give the BJP one more chance. They hold the Congress that is also in power at the Centre directly responsible for their day-to-day woes like rise in food prices, petrol prices and corruption.
The Congress is paying a heavy price for its mismanagement.
The defeat of the Congress that could only manage 29, 30 and 19 seats in three MCD wards means more trouble for Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Congress rebels will get an opportunity to nail her down. Besides, Sheila’s plan to divide the MCD into three zones despite some inside opposition has not worked well for the party.
The party and its supporters have a tough task cut out for them in 2013.
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