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With Priyanka in Saddle, Cong Bets on ‘Political Realism’ in UP

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After an extended wait and prolonged suspense over its electoral technique, the Congress is now able to sound the ballot bugle in Uttar Pradesh. For the previous two days, social gathering’s UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi had been brainstorming the marketing campaign blueprint together with her social gathering leaders in Lucknow. As the ultimate evaluation of organisational energy and political scenario takes place, there may be additionally an growing sense of realism and electoral pragmatism throughout the prime management.

It is a realism which is forcing the social gathering to undertake the technique appropriate to its energy in UP; a technique to purpose for a goal that may hopefully put the Congress again on the trail of relevance in state politics and if the scenario arises, could also be, within the recreation of any non-BJP authorities formation publish elections. The thought is to “plan for the state however deal with the core”, that’s, go in for a pan-UP marketing campaign however zero down on a choose variety of seats, put the largest focus and assets on a winnable seat and attempt to regain misplaced floor.

A well-informed prime chief stated: “We aspire to emerge in a scenario the place we will be the stakeholder in any non-BJP authorities formation post-election. Realism is that Congress will not be within the race to type the following authorities not like the BJP or SP, however we’re assured we are able to emerge to make sure that there isn’t a social gathering with out us.”

This narrative of “no authorities with out us” is now shaping the social gathering’s electoral technique. A political positioning that the management hopes will increase the morale of the social gathering cadres and pitch the social gathering as a severe participant in UP’s electoral battle.

Sources inform News18 that the social gathering had already carried out an intensive mapping of the constituencies on foundation of caste equations, earlier electoral outcomes and its organisational energy. By this examine, it has divided the meeting seats underneath A+, A, B and C classes. The A+ and A are the constituencies that are probably the most promising. Round 100 to 125 out of whole 400 plus seats fall in these two classes. These are seats the place the social gathering hopes arduous work and pumping in assets can work of their favour.

The 50-odd seats the place the candidate names have virtually been finalised by Priyanka Gandhi throughout her current engagements in Lucknow are those amongst this prime class. The social gathering is all set to offer these candidates a go-ahead, in order that there isn’t a confusion and ample time for preparation.


The query is that if the Congress can be a contender of significance within the electoral battle or its ambition of rising a stakeholder in formation of the following authorities is a misplaced argument. Can the social gathering that has been out of energy within the state for greater than three a long time and has been seen more and more in decline through the years with virtually no devoted caste base assist be taken critically?

The social gathering’s close to decimal efficiency within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when it may simply win one seat of Rai Barely and earlier than that in 2017 meeting election, when it failed miserably regardless of being in an alliance with the Samajwadi Get together, is prominently seen because the proof of disaster wherein it’s. In 2017, it contested round 115 seats and will win simply 6 and handle 6.24 p.c vote share.

In response to those tales of humiliation, Congress leaders cite the previous information. They level out that the present was not that humiliating for the social gathering within the decade earlier than 2017. In 2012 meeting polls, regardless of an enormous wave in favour of the Samajwadi Get together, Congress had polled round 12 per cent votes and gained 28 seats. The mighty BJP of at present was not far forward. It had received 15 per cent of the overall vote forged and gained 47 seats.

Earlier, in 2007 meeting polls, Congress had grabbed 22 meeting seats and had received round 9 per cent votes. Arch opponent BJP was profitable on 51 seats. An underlying story of those two elections was the truth that Congress had succeeded to maintain regardless of huge consolidation of the minorities in favour of both the BSP or the SP.

One other side of significance was additionally the truth that a rise in vote proportion by 3 or 4 factors could make a big distinction within the variety of seats gained. The Congress thinks that not like 2017, when there was an unprecedented polarisation in favour of the BJP, virtually squeezing the complete opposition in a nook, the 2022 problem is not going to have BJP in such a place of dominance.

The rising anti-incumbency in opposition to the Yogi authorities, the farmers’ unrest, unemployment and antagonised castes — specifically the Brahmins — shall be sturdy components that can end in a greater house for Opposition’s politics and the Congress can also achieve from it.


The query is what makes Priyanka hopeful of a greater future or optimist about reclaiming some misplaced floor from the close to scenario of a wipe-out? This although the social gathering at present lacks huge names amongst leaders within the state. Former Union minister and outstanding Brahmin face Jitin Prasada’s exit to BJP additional added to the embarrassment. Get together leaders, nonetheless, say that the hope comes from the work that has gone down in organisation constructing over the previous two years since Priyanka took the reins of the UP social gathering as the overall secretary in cost.

Ever since Priyanka took cost, the organisational pruning and fixing accountability turned her prime precedence. A senior social gathering functionary working intently together with her recollects how in the course of the months following the overall election final yr, the organisational hollowness was uncovered on floor. Whilst Priyanka tried to set the ball rolling, main from the entrance in circumstances together with homicide of Dalit tribals in Sonbhadra, the social gathering leaders did not capitalise on the momentum.

Her first step was to overtake and enthuse new vigour within the district and metropolis committees. Within the months that adopted, not simply the 500-plus PCC was overhauled and pruned to 60-member strong committee, districts items have been additionally revamped and immense focus was placed on constructing the social gathering base throughout villages.

Congress’s state organisation secretary Anil Yadav says, “Our social gathering now has a practical committee in all greater than 800 blocks and a number of other thousand village panchayats. Organisational revamp work is sort of over, go to of Priyanka-ji now could be the final event of organisational overview earlier than we plunge into aggressive electoral marketing campaign.”

It’s on the idea of those improved organisational capabilities that the social gathering feels it will possibly make a distinction. From 6 per cent vote share of 2017, going up in a big manner is a goal that may be achieved with some intelligent and centered planning. The social gathering critically hopes that the narrative of being a stakeholder in energy or “no authorities with out us” will catch the creativeness of that disgruntled lot which needs to unseat the BJP but additionally doesn’t favor the SP or the BSP.

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