After the fall of the government in Puducherry, the Congress lost the second state in South India after Karnataka. Once considered a strong stronghold of Congress, today the party has been out of power in all the states. The Congress-led V Narayanasamy government in Puducherry was to prove its majority in the House today. Congress and DMK MLAs walked out of the House even before the vote. The Speaker then announced that the government had failed to prove its majority.
Congress CM in only 3 states, alliance in 2 states
The Congress party is constantly lagging behind the BJP in the fight for power. Except Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, the party is out of power across the country today. The Congress may be in power in Maharashtra and Jharkhand but the party's role here is that of number three and number two respectively.
Assembly elections in five states a challenge for Congress
Assembly elections are due in five states this year. It includes West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry. It is a big challenge for the party to win in these elections. In West Bengal, the main battle is being considered this time between BJP and Trinamool. Here the party is in alliance with the Left. In Tamil Nadu, the party will try to come to power through an alliance with the DMK. In Kerala, the party is competing against the Left-led LDF. There is a BJP government in Assam. Here the Congress has a direct fight with the BJP.
Discord within the party and demand for change
Not only this, discord and dissatisfaction about leadership at the national level has become public within the Congress party. There are two factions within the party itself. 23 senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi demanding a major change in the party regarding internal elections in the party. Senior leaders met several times about this, but the result could not be achieved till date.
Congress could not save power in MP and Karnataka
The internal battle within the Congress is that the party lost power in two states of Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Congress returned to power in Madhya Pradesh after 15 years, but this government could not last even 15 months. In March 2020, after Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the BJP, 25 Congress MLAs resigned from the state assembly. Following the floor test order, Chief Minister Kamal Nath resigned before proving majority in the House. After this, the Congress government was out of power. At the same time, in July 2019, the Congress was shocked when 17 MLAs of Congress-JDS alliance resigned. When his coalition government with the JDS in Karnataka failed to prove a vote of confidence in the House. The party blamed the treachery of the MLAs for this.