Congress is very active after the uproar in Lakhimpur Kheri. Priyanka Gandhi, who has been trying to revive the party in western Uttar Pradesh for many years, seems to be making some impact for the first time. Apart from this, leaders of Congress-ruled states of Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are also active on this issue. Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had reached Lakhimpur Kheri with Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday. Congress is trying to create an atmosphere in the whole country on this issue. Especially the Congress, which has been in the background in UP for the last three decades, is now seen in some discussion. Even the main opposition party Samajwadi Party is being discussed more about it.
Elections are going to be held in Uttar Pradesh next year and just a few months back, the activism of Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi has worked to create enthusiasm in the party. However, even after this, the important question remains that how much this atmosphere created by the Congress will translate into votes. In fact, the organization of the party is very weak in almost all the districts of UP and it will not be easy for it to convert this atmosphere into votes. Even after this, the party is expected to make some gains, but it will hardly harm the BJP.
BJP may get an edge in closely contested seats
Political experts believe that if the Congress rises in Uttar Pradesh, then it is more worrying for the Samajwadi Party than the BJP. The vote base of Congress and Samajwadi Party is largely similar. In such a situation, where the Congress will be strong, it will cut the votes of SP only. In such a situation, the BJP can benefit in those seats where it is lagging behind by a close margin. BJP can benefit from the division of votes between SP and Congress. Let us tell you that in the upcoming assembly elections of UP, the direct contest of BJP is being expected from the SP itself.
Its difficult to win, but enough to spoil the work of SP
In the 2017 assembly elections, the SP and the Congress contested together. Akhilesh Yadav had given the Congress a chance to fight on 100 seats under the agreement, but it could win only 7 seats. Due to this, now the SP has decided to fight separately. But this time the Congress’s strength increases, then it will dent Akhilesh’s votes more than the BJP. Moreover, it itself is not in a position to win more seats in the event of a direct contest against the BJP.