NEW DELHI: The Congress may have suffered a crushing defeat in the Northeast, but senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia feels that there are “very strong signs” of the party’s resurgence in the Hindi heartland which would be crucial in the 2019 general election.
Buoyed by the party’s victory in the recent by-polls in the Mungaoli and Kolaras Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, he also said the people had decided to end the 14-year BJP rule in the state where elections are scheduled to be held later this year.
Scindia, widely seen as the front runner among the Congress’s chief ministerial candidates for Madhya Pradesh, also urged “like-minded” parties to join hands to oust the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state.
In an interview to PTI, he said the Assembly poll outcome in Nagaland and Tripura came as a “shock”. In Meghalaya, he pointed out, the Congress had emerged as the single largest party.
“…but the BJP true to its game believes in forming governments by default and a party that has won only two seats in that Assembly was trying every trick in the book to put together a government,” he said.
However, “having said that, I think you’ve had very strong signs of resurgence in the Hindi heartland,” the 47-year-old leader said.
The Congress drew a blank in Tripura and Nagaland, while in Meghalaya it failed to form the government. The BJP has come to power in all the three states forming coalition governments.
Scindia also asserted that the Gujarat Assembly poll result was “truly inspiring”. The MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Guna said this was followed by the results in the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by-polls, won by the Congress.
“These are all states which are crucial to the Congress party going ahead. So I think the barometer and the portent that these states portray are very important signs for the Congress party,” he said.