oppn parties Congress Loses Mizoram, Blanked Out From The North-East

News Snippets

  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Congress Loses Mizoram, Blanked Out From The North-East

By Linus Garg

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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 has been rejected in the last state in the North-East where it was in power, making the region Congress-mukt. The people of Mizoram have chosen the Mizo National Front (MNF) to form the government. It is a sad reflection of the state of the Congress party in the region that within five years, it has lost each and every state it ruled over.

The people in the region had always voted either for the Congress or the state’s regional party, with the CPI(M)-led Left front ruling the roost in Tripura. But in these five years, the Congress has lost one state after another due mainly to its step-motherly treatment of the region as well as the disrespect the party high command showed to state leaders when they visited Delhi.

Despite having a solid base of voters and huge infrastructure, the Congress lost prominent leaders from the region. Some like Himanta Biswa Sarma left to join the BJP (becoming its master strategist for the region) and others started their own regional parties. With time, the people also turned against the grand old party and its vote share dipped alarmingly, reflected now in Mizoram where it has gone down from 45% in 2013 to below 30% now.

The Congress has been left with only 5 seats this time against 34 it won in 2013. But for a party that has swept the Hindi heartland, the loss in Mizoram will not mean much. That has been the Congress’ bane. It has never given importance to the region. The party chose to run the region from Delhi, installing leaders with little or no grassroots support. This policy has now resulted in it being wiped out from the region.