Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
donald trump india visit
donald trump india visit
News18 » Politics
2-min read

Congress fights Maharashtra, Haryana polls with old guard, loses badly

Fighting anti-incumbency and allegations of corruption, the Congress ended a distant third in both Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections.

Priyanka Rathi | IBNLive.compriyanka_rathi

Updated:October 19, 2014, 5:44 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Congress fights Maharashtra, Haryana polls with old guard, loses badly
Fighting anti-incumbency and allegations of corruption, the Congress ended a distant third in both Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections.

New Delhi: Even after its massive and humiliating drubbing in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, the Congress seemed to have learnt no lessons. With no change in the leadership, the Congress fought the Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana with the old guard and lost badly.

After being reduced to almost a regional party status in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress was trying to regain its foothold in the states. Fighting anti-incumbency and allegations of corruption, the Congress ended a distant third in both Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections.

But the Bharatiya Janata Party which played the Narendra Modi card once again, emerged victorious in the 90-member Haryana and emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra which has 288 MLAs.

The entire campaign focused on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the party had not declared any chief ministerial candidate for both states.

The party will now form its first ever government in Haryana. The BJP also won the maximum number of seats in Maharashtra, but is looking for allies to form the government after falling short of the halfway mark of 145.

The Congress contested Maharashtra elections alone and failed to win even 50 seats in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress-led government was ruling the state for the last 15 years.

Although Congress was banking on former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's clean image, he failed to stir the crowd in the campaign. Chavan, however, managed to win from his constituency Karad.

The situation was no different in Haryana as two-time Congress chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda managed to win just 15 seats in the 90-member House for his party. Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's land deals was one of the major poll issues and seemed to have hurt the Congress badly.

Both the state governments made tall claims of development but failed to convert it into votes. Corruption allegations were the prime reason behind Congress's dismal performance.

The Congress party performed well in the recently-concluded by-elections and had high hopes from the state polls, but now even its senior leaders like Narayan Rane, Savitri Jindal, Ranbir Singh Mahendra lost the polls badly.

Modi criss-crossed both Maharashtra and Haryana, addressing rallies for several BJP candidates. The win in both the states is a major boost to BJP's "Congress mukt Bharat (Congress free India)" as in neither of the states, the party had been able to challenge for power till now.

There were no extensive campaigning by senior party leaders in both the states and in some of the constituencies the candidates were so weak, that they seemed to be 'dummy' candidates.

The Congress did not fare as badly as was expected following the mauling in the general elections, but it still failed to make a mark.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results