They may tweet, they may come up with lame excuses – ‘This was never a Congress constituency’; ‘This was sympathy factor at work’; ‘One Lok Sabha by-election result doesn’t mean anything’; ‘This was due to Congress in-fighting between the Hooda and anti-Hooda camps’, etc. But the Congress Party’s humiliating defeat in Hissar is indeed significant no matter the spin by the party spokesmen. More so, the extent of the massive defeat.
The Congress candidate lost his deposit in a constituency where 6 assembly segments have sitting Congress MLAs. Pray, doesn’t that mean something?
True, Hissar wasn’t a Congress seat. But then, what about the dramatic drop in the votes polled by the party’s candidate Jai Prakash? He polled over 2 lakhs votes in the 2009 elections and his share dropped to less than 1.5 lakhs in last week’s by-election.
Anna Hazare’s movement has carried the fight on corruption to where it ultimately hurts – hitting a political party’s electoral chances. Nothing impacts the psyche of a political party than a battering at the polls. The Hazare challenge that Congress will be given a run for its money in UP if the anti-cprruption bill is not passed in the winter session of the parliament must be taken with dead seriousness by the party leadership. The time for quibbling is over - whether it is parliament that is supreme or the people, etc.
Posted in Politics.
– October 17, 2011