Assembly polls 2013 results: Happy Birthday sonia


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Sep 15, 2009
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi couldn't have got a worse birthday present.

A day before she turns 67, the Congress received one of the worst drubbings in recent poll history. They were completely decimated in Delhi and Rajasthan. In Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh too they could only watch helplessly as the BJP beat the anti-incumbency factor to come up trumps.

But it is the hammering in Delhi - a state the party was power for 15 years - that is bound to hurt Sonia the most.

At the office of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, the sound falling leaves, moving chairs and sweeping brooms couldn't have been louder.

This was one sunset the Congress had refused to foresee.

Debutant Arvind Kejriwal, who External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid had once called an ant, had only breached Sheila's stronghold, but caused Congress framework to collapse in Delhi.

While Sheila lost by over 25,000 votes, her ministers - three- time MLA Dr A. K. Walia, fourtime MLA Raj Kumar Chauhan, Kiran Walia and Ramakant Goswami were all defeated by jawdropping margins. Health Minister A. K. Walia lost to Vinod Kumar Binny of Aam Aadmi Party from Laxmi Nagar seat by around 8,000 votes. PWD Minister Chouhan defeated by 26- year- old Rakhi Birla by 10,585 votes while Transport Minister Goswami finished third from Rajinder Nagar, which was won by R. P. Singh of the BJP. Kiran Walia, who was the education minister in Dikshit's cabinet, got only the third spot in Malviya Nagar. The seat was won by Somnath Bharti of AAP with 32,258 votes. Walia could only manage 20,500 votes while BJP's Arti Mehra, who finished the runner- up, garnered 24,486 votes.

This may be a clear indication of the Congress's bleak future in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi may have admitted on Sunday that the party needs to learn from AAP, but it could be a bit too late.

Anti-incumbency, anti-corruption and infighting in the Congress have certainly done the party in.

Kartikeya Sharma

Was a bolt from the blue.

The drubbing which the Congress received from the BJP and AAP was both humiliating and crushing. The Congress not only lost miserably all four states but also the position of the Leader of Opposition in Delhi.

This was Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi's second big defeat after Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2012.

From right based campaign poorly drawn rhetoric of his grandmother Indira Gandhi, all fell flat. Even the Food Security Act and the Direct Benefit Transfer considered as brahamastra from the Congress stable flopped.

This created a gargantuan space for AAP in Delhi. AAP which was treated as an upstart and media creation mauled Congress more than the BJP. The Congress neither understood the innovative way in which it used the social media nor the unconventional street smart politics of lateral networking.

The defeat has signalled for party president Sonia Gandhi to play a more proactive role in the party. Also the clamour for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the party is likely to increase.

The prime minister will also have to do his bit. He will have to offer something more to the electorate. But more so, he will have to restore the dignity to the office which got completely lost after the ordinance outburst of Rahul Gandhi.

Assembly polls 2013 results: Sonia gets worst birthday present, A look at the big losers of 2013? : Delhi, News - India Today

Time to step us security coverage to Raul Gandhi. I feel he will be killed by his own people.


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Feb 10, 2013
Time to step us security coverage to Raul Gandhi. I feel he will be killed by his own people.
But a certain news channel was quoting that as per its sources that there is a lot of pressure building on rahul gandhi to bite the bullet i.e. lead from front taking up power in government.

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