The Congress in Assam has faced three huge defeats in a row since December 2018. First, the party lost the state Panchayat election held in December last year; thereafter it failed to resist the Modi-wave for the second consecutive time in the general election and now, the party could not even survive in the battle of the by-elections held in October 2019 in four legislative constituencies.
Jania was always believed to be the fort of Congress. Unfortunately breaking all the speculations, perfume baron cum politician Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front snatched the seat from Congress. AIUDF’s Rafiqul Islam defeated the Congress party Shamsul Hoque by a margin of over 35,000.
Congress was not even near to ruling BJP in Rangapara, Ratabari and Sonari constituencies. BJP’s Rajen Borthakur won the Rangapara seat by a margin of 49,599 votes while Bijoy Malakar won Ratabari by a margin of 24,001 votes and Nabanita Handique won Sonari constituency by a margin of over 15,000 votes.
In 2019 Lok Sabha Election, Congress won only in Barpeta, Nagaon and Kaliabor constituencies and BJP won Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District, Guwahati, Mangaldoi, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur seats.
It is the high-time for the Congress to review its loopholes and reconfigure the party system and think tank if it wants to give at least a tough fight in the 2021 Assam Assembly Election. Congress has to adopt new tactics to win people’s faith to make a comeback otherwise the party would be eliminated from the game in the next state Assembly election.
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