On Wednesday, former Cabinet Minister Jairam Ramesh shows cautioned against drawing conclusions about the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, which is likely to depend on the Assembly Elections results in five states.
While addressing at a book launch, Congress leader Mr. Ramesh said that the elections in the state were fought on complete distinct issues and the result should be taken as a yardstick to gauge the outcome of the national elections.
Mr. Ramesh said that “I don’t subscribe to the semifinal and final concept (of elections). State-level elections are organically different… I will be cautious in drawing national level conclusions from what are essentially state-level elections.”
He continued, “The best example of this was when in 1984 Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress took 27 of the 28 seats in Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka and three months later Ramakrishna Hegde and the Janata Party got around 140 out of the 224 seats in the Assembly. So, a completely different result.”
However, the Congress leader said that the party’s victory in all three states was definitely a morale boost and would support the psychology of Congress as it is preparing itself for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
Other than the electoral gains in three 3 election-bound states, the old party is now in power in 6 states, including Puducherry, Karnataka, and Punjab. However, for Congress, the real challenge is to defeat center-ruled BJP in the 2019 General Elections and it would need the help of other opposition parties for that.
As on now, Congress has stemmed its electoral decline by extensive Chhattisgarh and edging out BJP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan signals its readiness for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, which are developed as a “BJP-versus-all” battle.