Winning State Assembly Polls Crucial For BJP, Congress Bid To Lead The Opposition Space

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    Of the five states – U.P., Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa and Punjab – that go to polls in multi-phase assembly elections beginning February 10, four are ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The main opposition party Congress came to power in Punjab in 2017.

    Of these states, U.P. is the most crucial state for any party since bagging it in assembly polls becomes central to any party’s plans for the coming 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP snatched the power in U.P. from Samajwadi Party-led government in 2017 elections and installed Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister.

    For the Lotus party, eyeing U.P., India’s most populous state, is crucial and keeping that in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an early start in inaugurating a number infrastructure and development projects in the state before the assembly polls announcement by the Election Commission. In that, the BJP made early gains as also on digital platforms. Though the ruling party in UP suffered setback as three of its ministers quit in quick succession to join the Samajwadi Party, alleging that the BJP had failed to perform satisfactorily in fulfilling promises made to the backward sections. Enjoying fruits of power for five years and now deserting the bandwagon may be read in a different hue by the electorate.

    The Congress has released its first list of candidates in U.P. packing it with 50 women aspirants. Failure of the Congress to come up with a satisfactory performance in these assembly polls will only dent its claim to occupy and lead the opposition space which is now dotted with a number of regional parties who have conjured up national ambitions.

    While Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may come up with some surprises in Punjab, its showing will also present an opportunity for the party to look beyond Delhi.

    The wait will be over on March 10 when assembly poll results will start trickling in. It will be a day of tremendous significance for both the BJP and other parties making a bid to grab their share of power in states.

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