The BJP’s thumping victory in the civic body polls on Wednesday virtually wiped out the Congress from Madhya Pradesh’s commercial hub and its adjoining areas, leaving the faction-ridden opposition party in the debris of its own house.
Having lost the mayoral election and winning only 15 of the 85 wards, the Congress has plummeted to its worst-ever performance in the history of corporation elections in Indore.
The BJP, on the other hand, retained its hold on the city for the fourth consecutive time.
“People voted us for development our party leaders carried out in the city and state,” city BJP president Kailash Sharma said after the party’s victory.
The defeat for the Congress came in the wake of the hammering in both the 2013 assembly elections — where it lost all the five seats in the city — and also last year’s Lok Sabha elections.
Unfortunately, even with their backs to the wall, the Congress party had failed to present a united front during campaigning.
This was apparent during a visit of state Congress president Arun Yadav when rival factions came to blows with each other at a public meeting recently. Though the Congress mayoral candidate Archana Jaiswal carried out a gusty campaign, she received very little support from senior leaders.
Apart from AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, no other senior Congress leader campaigned for her. But even the timing of Singh’s visit, on Republic Day, came under flak.
Former Congress MP and corporation election committee in-charge Sajjan Singh Verma acknowledged the verdict of the people.
“We have to change the entire leadership from top to bottom if the party has to survive. We have to develop a second line of leadership as the top leadership is least bothered about what is happening on the ground,” he said in a candid admission.