oppn parties Congress Bounces Back

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  • Supreme Court stays Karnataka HC order blocking operations of Kannada news channel Power TV. Says right to free speech must be "zealously protected" by courts
  • Opposition slams Centre for Samvidhan Hatya Diwas, says the Constitution is being murdered on daily basis under the present BJP government
  • Centre notifies June 25 as 'Samvidhan Hatya Diwas'. This was the date on which Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency in 1975
  • Bengal moves SC against state governor for keeping 8 bills pending
  • Mamata Banerjee meets Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai, says 'khela on' and promises to campaign for his party in the Maharashtra assembly elections
  • Stars and eminent persons from across the globe attend the wedding of Anant Ambani with Radhika Merchant at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai
  • Controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar faces dismissal from service if her quato and disability claims are found false
  • SC says stay on bail should be in rare cases like terrorism or where order is perverse otherwise personal liberty and Article 21 will go for a toss
  • Supreme Court says judicial review of arrests by ED is necessary to check improper exrecise of power to arrest
  • Supreme Court grants interim bail to Arvind Kejriwal in the money laundering case in Delhi liquor policy case but he will remain in jail as he is under CBI detention in the corruption case in the same scam
  • Retail inflation rises to 5.1% in June, the highest in 4 months
  • Government to avoid merger of BSNL-MTNL. Instead, MTNL's operations will be shifted to BSNL to give the latter an all-India presence
  • Women's U-19 Asia Cup: India to clash with Pakistan on July 19
  • Paris Olympics badminton draws: P V Sindhu in easy group but gets a tough draw later while H S Prannoy and Lakshya Sen might clash in pre-quarter finals
  • After two consecutive wins, India look to seal series when they meet Zimbabwe in the 4th T20 today
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting her 7th straight budget in Parliament today
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Congress Bounces Back

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2024-06-04 06:40:39

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.

The Congress party needs to be congratulated for putting up a stellar show in direct fights with the BJP. It has more than doubled its tally from 2019. In states like Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana, it has snatched many seats from the BJP. It has only failed in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. As part of the INDIA alliance, it has performed well in UP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Bihar. Overall, it has managed to increase both seats and vote share, giving a huge fillip to the party that was being written off by most experts. Although it has not managed to show the door to the BJP, this performance by the Congress is nothing short of a huge victory for the party as, despite continuous tirade against it by all front ranking BJP leaders, it has given its best performance in 10 years.

The cumulative effect of the two yatras and the tireless campaigning by Rahul Gandhi, along with the timely decision to stitch together an all-India alliance with like-minded parties (which the high command forcefully did, riding over the objections of many state units) and wise choice of candidates ensured that the Congress did much better than expected. This means that the party will be reinvigorated and shake off its paralysis. This is good for Indian democracy as a strong opposition is needed to keep a check on the ruling party. It also means that the other opposition parties, mainly the regional parties, that were not willing to give the Congress the leading space in any alliance, will now have to fall in line for the Congress has shown that it is capable of giving the BJP a tough fight and is the only all-India alternative.