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Congress’s Haryana analysis: Jat quota, Dera support for BJP sealed party’s fate

Even the Jats did not rally behind the Congress as the whirlwind campaign by Om Prakash Chautala resulted in split in their votes.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published: October 22, 2014 3:47 am

A preliminary analysis by the Congress on the reasons for its disastrous performance in Haryana points out that the reservation given to the dominant Jat community resulted in alienation of non-Jats and their consolidation behind the BJP. It has also concluded that the support extended by the Dera Sacha Sauda to the BJP dented its Dalit vote base.

While the Congress did not play up the UPA government’s Lok Sabha election-eve decision to include the Jat community in the OBC list in the campaign, party leaders felt it added to the resentment among the non-Jats against the Congress government headed by Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Even the Jats did not rally behind the Congress as the whirlwind campaign by Om Prakash Chautala resulted in split in their votes.

Adding to the alienation among the non-Jats was the influential Dera’s support to the BJP. Congress leaders said Dera’s support to the BJP weaned away its Dalit support base in areas like Sirsa. The Dalit faces of the Congress — be it Kumari Selja or state Congress president Ashok Tanwar — were at loggerheads with Hooda. Among the 15 Congress candidates who won, only six are non-Jats. Among them, four are from the scheduled caste.

While the anti-incumbency factor was very much there, the Congress leadership believes the constant claim by a section of the Congress leaders about regional disparity was stuck in the minds of the electorate. “When our leaders and the opposition say the same thing, the people will believe it to be a fact,” a senior Congress leader said.

Sources said Congress president Sonia Gandhi met Tanwar and AICC general secretary in charge of Haryana Shakeel Ahmad Tuesday. The party has been pushed to the third spot in Haryana in one of its worst performances in decades.

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  1. H
    Oct 22, 2014 at 7:48 am
    Congress play this game of cast-religion and accuse others that they are not secular.
    1. T
      Oct 22, 2014 at 1:28 am
      Days for appeat and vote bank politics are gone! People will punish at the hustings.
      1. J
        jefferson antonio
        Oct 22, 2014 at 11:25 am
        None of the ploys of Mom and Son company are working,wish Rahul to have campaigned more so more disastrous results could have been seen
        1. Urmila Rao
          Oct 22, 2014 at 2:41 am
          All the strategies of Congress is failing.Anything other than good governance has to fail.It is time to introspect why nothing is working.