Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress party, expressed the party’s steadfast belief that it will maintain power in each of the five states holding elections next month while speaking in Kalaburgi. He emphasized in his speech the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party sentiments that are currently prevalent in Madhya Pradesh.
Kharge stated that the Congress-led governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have been faithfully carrying out their responsibilities, guaranteeing the citizens’ well-being without hindrance. In Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram, the next assembly elections will be held in one or two phases throughout the month of November. Voting is scheduled for November 7 in Mizoram, November 7 and November 17 in Chhattisgarh, November 7 and November 17 in Madhya Pradesh, November 17 and November 17 in Rajasthan, and November 30 in Telangana. On December 3, the results of the vote count in these states will be announced.
Kharge reaffirmed the Congress party’s unshakable dedication to its state election campaigning. He reiterated his confidence in winning in each of these states, blaming the rising anti-incumbency sentiments mostly on inflation and unemployment-related problems. Kharge saw a notable shift in the attitude of the people of Madhya Pradesh, who are increasingly rejecting the rule of the BJP administration led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The Congressman criticized the BJP on a national scale, claiming that the party has fallen short of all of its election promises, covering things like joblessness, raising farmer incomes, and increasing investments.
Kharge bemoaned the lack of any substantial central projects being allotted to Karnataka during a visit to his hometown area of Kalaburgi in the state. He accused the federal government of neglecting Karnataka.
Both the Congress and the BJP are major candidates in the upcoming state elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Telangana predicts a three-way race featuring the Bharat Rashtra Samithi, the current party in power, and the Congress and BJP.
With respect to the election system, Madhya Pradesh has an assembly with 230 seats. The Congress barely defeated the BJP in the 2018 elections, winning 114 seats with a vote share of 41.5% to 109 seats with a vote share of 41.6%. Notably, the resignation of certain MLAs connected to Jyotiraditya Scindia, who later joined the BJP, caused the Congress administration to lose its majority in 2020, ushering in Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the party’s chief minister.
In Rajasthan’s 200-seat legislature, Congress won 99 seats in the 2018 elections, nearly securing a majority. The party won 39.8% of the vote, and with the help of independent and BSP MLAs, took power. Ashok Gehlot has served as the state’s chief minister for the last five of those years. With a vote share of 39.3% in the 2018 elections, the BJP won 73 seats.
Regarding Telangana, the incumbent Bharat Rashtra Samithi won 88 of the state’s 119 seats in the 2018 elections, garnering a significant vote percentage of 47.4%. Congress came in second place with 19 seats and a vote share of 28.7%.
In the 2018 elections in Chhattisgarh, the Congress won handily, winning 68 of the 90 seats in the state assembly with a noteworthy vote share of 43.9%. In contrast, the BJP was able to secure 15 seats with a vote share of 33.6%.
The Mizo National Front won 26 seats in the 40-member assembly of Mizoram with a vote share of 37.8% in the 2018 elections. In comparison, the BJP won one seat, while the Congress won five.
In these five states, political parties have been diligently preparing for the next assembly elections, with their leaders fervently addressing rallies and revealing their vows to the voters.