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Why Azad’s exit is good news for BJP in Himachal

By Ashutosh Kumar
Updated: September 1, 2022 10:22 am

Demoralisation is a key factor to win any election. The congress workers are bound to realise that there is no future for the party. Eventually, they can very well draw a comparison with the BJP – a strong leadership and a clear vision about the states’ development. Just a few days back, two Congress MLAs—one of them Pawan Jawal, Congress working president and Lakhwinder  Rana, state Congress vice-president— had joined the BJP. This is quite a signal about exodus in the Congress, both in the state and also senior leadership at the national level.

Veteran Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad’s resignation from the Congress, and his G-23 leaders backing his decision, has brought much needed cheers to the BJP in the poll-bound state of Himachal Pradesh.

“Undoubtedly, this is a big news for us. The elections in Himachal Pradesh are just few months away. Azad quitting the party shows that congress is disintegrating ,it’s leadership is in shambles. The cadres are bound to feel a lot of demoralisation” admits Trilok  Jamwal, BJP’s key-strategist and senior office-bearers in the state.

Demoralisation as he says is key factor to win any election. The congress workers are bound to realise that there is no future for the party. Eventually, they can very well draw a comparison with the BJP – a strong leadership and a clear vision about the states’ development, he underlines.

Just a few days back, two congress MLAs—one of them Pawan  Jawal, Congress working president and Lakhwinder  Rana, state congress vice-president, had joined the BJP. This quite a signal about exodus in the Congress, both in the state and also senior leadership at the national level.

Suresh Bhardwaj, seniormost minister in Jai Ram Thakur cabinet, hails Azad quitting the Congress. “What he had written in the letter to Sonia Gandhi makes the picture very clear to the nation that there is no future for the Congress. Ship is sinking” he explains.

About impact in Himachal Pradesh—a poll bound state, Bhardwaj says though there may not be a direct impact as such but the amount of demoralization it has caused, is clearly reflected. Who is going to believe in the poll promises which the Congress is making with the people. Who is left to fulfil the promises ?

“These are questions which the Congress workers will ask their leaders” says Bhardwaj.

Another factor favouring the BJP in Himachal Pradesh is Anand Sharma, a former union minister and member of G23 .He may not be having a base in the state but remains a party’s prominent face, rather a heavy weight among all those projecting themselves for the leadership.

Anand Sharma—who represented Himachal Pradesh in Rajya Sabha thrice and remained a powerful cabinet minister— has already met Azad apparently conveying his solidity on the vital issues he had raised in the resignation letter.

Sharma had resigned as chairman of the Congress Steering Committee in Himachal Pradesh ,which itself was a blow to the party. Sharma was in Shimla last week and met several party leaders.

To mediapersons, he stood by “each word” of a letter which 23 leaders had written to the Congress president asking for immediate corrections and revival of the party in the states where it has got decimated.

In the resignation letter, Azad had also bluntly pointed out the growing sycophancy in the party and called out Rahul Gandhi’s complacency within the party operations.

The Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh termed Azad resignation from the party as a blow particularly at the time of elections. “wel if if command fails to act and placade other G23 leaders, the impact will be severe in the poll-bound Himachal Pradesh as Anand Sharma also part of this group” he says on promise of anonymity.

 

By Ashutosh Kumar

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