Can the Grand Old Party Emerge as the Challenger No. 1 Against the BJP?

  • The Indian political scenario will become quite engaging, intriguing, and interesting in many ways over the next few months. Remember, the Lok Sabha elections are due in April-May 2024. This will be the mother of all elections where the entire world’s attention will be on the eventual outcome. Before that, Indian citizens invested in the electoral fortunes of the political parties will be keen to know what will be the fallout of the crucial five state assembly elections that are underway and whose results will be declared on 03rd December 2023. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram will elect the new state governments. Of the five, the results of the first three will be crucial to deciding which way the wind is blowing in the country.


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  • As you are aware, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress can be rightly termed as the two national parties heading the ruling and opposition alliances with the support of other regional and like-minded parties. The National Democratic Alliance and the United Progressive Alliance have been the two most important protagonists in the country’s political narrative over the last couple of decades. You know how the formation of the I.N.D.I.A. alliance fructified whose existence came along when the opposition parties joined hands to take on the might of the BJP-led NDA keeping in mind the ensuing general elections. Of course, the challenge within this group has already come out in the open since the Congress can gain only at the cost of the regional outfit.
  • The undercurrent machinations within the alliance could pose serious challenges for the entity to present a united front which could be tactfully exploited by the BJP. Notably, the Grand Old Party is buoyed by its electoral success in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka assembly elections. It expects the ensuing results in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh to go its way. Mind you, the BJP is not a pushover by any stretch of the imagination in any of these states posing a considerable challenge to the Congress fortunes. However, no psychologist can confidently claim as to which political party would assume power since the electorate chooses whom to govern them not on any particularly polarizing issues, but what it perceives as beneficial in the long run.


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  • Nonetheless, if Congress manages to win two, if not three, assembly elections on 03rd December 2023, the Grand Old Party will emerge as the main challenger to take on the BJP in the parliamentary elections. In doing so, the newly formed alliance partners will have to concede ground to Congress to not only lead but also showcase the party as the first among the equals in the opposition ranks. To be fair, the Congress leadership has made some palpable gains over the last few years and has learned valuable lessons in not projecting the Family members as the prime movers but allowing the regional leaders enough space to maneuver by highlighting the local issues. In conclusion, the coming days will reveal which way the political narrative will head.