Maharashtra rout bad news for Congress in UP?   3 comments


 

Congress suffered a setback on Friday, with the Shiv Sena-BJP combine winning the prestigious municipal polls in Mumbai and adjoining Thane in a contest which consolidated the position of Sena rebel Raj Thackeray as an independent force in Maharashtra.

Raj Thackeray’s MNS grabbed 28 seats in Mumbai – impeding the Sena’s effort to score a fourth straight outright win – and notched up 29 seats in Pune. It was also leading the pack in Nashik, with the established contenders lagging behind. BJP was ahead in party chief Nitin Gadkari’s hometown of Nagpur, while the Congress-NCP combine led the race in Solapur, Amravati and Pimpri Chinchwad.

The results will be a big concern for the Congress, which was odds-on favourite in the elections to BMC, India’s richest municipal body with a budget bigger than those of states like Goa and Uttarakhand.

Worse, the results come at a time when Uttar Pradesh is in the middle of assembly polls. Sources felt the setback could impact floating voters, especially as the polls shift to western pockets with urban voters. The fear is compounded by increased voting in the towns of UP.

NCP outshines Cong in rural Maharashtra

NEW DELHI: Congress strategists may be forced to ponder whether the Mumbai municipal poll defeat is indicative of the mood of urban India. Maharashtra has a large urban landscape, and the failure in urban civic bodies could impact future elections, especially if the palpable sentiment against the party whipped up by civil society was in play in Mumbai.

The tidings were not good for Congress even from rural areas of Maharashtra, with its not-so-dependable ally NCP besting it in zila parishad polls. NCP bagged 525 of the total 1,639 seats while Congress secured 457. BJP got 198 seats. In the panchayat samiti polls, NCP got 1,026 of the total 3,252 seats. Congress bagged 866 , BJP 404 and Shiv Sena 497 seats.

Congress snatching defeat from the jaws of a victory in Mumbai and Thane, and the fact that it could not make the most of Raj Thackeray playing the spoiler for the saffron combine will cause disquiet. The results to the Mumbai body may not hold a trend. Some AICC managers said local polls in Maharashtra have always shown a preference for local outfits.

But top party sources acknowledged that the results were troubling, as they vowed to do an inquest into the reasons. Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, who had framed the elections as the semifinal to the LS and state polls, expressed surprise and conceded defeat. “The result is surprising… unexpected. We tried to consolidate secular votes but could not meet with desired outcome,” he said.

The results are unlikely to impact the position of Chavan, who raised the stakes in the battle with strong words about Shiv Sena’s “looming irrelevance” . It would, however, correct his position which was boosted by wins in zilla panchayat polls earlier. Thane-Mumbai accounts for a big chunk of assembly seats while Congress swept Mumbai in LS because of Raj Thackeray’s MNS cutting into Sena votes.

This time, Sena won in Mumbai corporation despite the MNS performing well, raising fears the fledgling outfit had begun to cut into the Congress base too. The failings will form the focus of the Congress review that would be announced in a few days, AICC sources said

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Posted February 18, 2012 by avinash2060 in Politics

3 responses to “Maharashtra rout bad news for Congress in UP?

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