Buoyant Cong wants early polls in Haryana
The Congress may advance assembly elections in Haryana to capitalise on the feel good factor in the party over its Lok Sabha victory and its assessment that the ground situation continues to be favourable for it, Saroj Nagi reports.Updated: Jun 05, 2009, 02:10 IST
The Congress may advance assembly elections in Haryana to capitalise on the feel good factor in the party over its Lok Sabha victory and its assessment that the ground situation continues to be favourable for it.
Polls are due in Haryana in February 2010, and if advanced, it could be held along with polls in Jharkhand and Maharashtra in September-October.
But before taking a final call on it, the central and state leadership will discuss the situation in the state where the Opposition BJP and OP Chautala’s Indian National Lok Dal are in disarray. The Congress had won nine of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
In Maharashtra, the Congres and the NCP are in alliance. But two Union Ministers, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Prithviraj Chavan, want the party to contest the election on its own in order to recapture its earlier preeminent position. The fissures in the Shiv Sena and the irritants in the BJP-Sena relations are counted among the positives for the party.
“No decision has been taken on whether the party will contest on its own,” said a well placed leader seeking anonymity. He, however, added that the call to go it alone may be part of the pressure building tactics that marks every pre-poll scenario in which partners are involved.
The discussions on the state election is expected after a couple of weeks and once Congress chief Sonia Gandhi turns to the task of revamping the organisation after the Parliament session ends on June 9.