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Victories bring cheers to Cong camp ahead of LS polls

The poll outcomes in Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram have become a clear morale booster for the Congress ahead of LS polls.

After suffering several poll debacles since 2004, the Congress, with its victories in Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram, has brought cheers to the party camp ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

This has been especially so, as initially nothing seemed to be going right for the Sonia Gandhi-led party with the Congress President herself down with illness for almost a week during campaigning in the midst of the assembly polls.

The ’26/11′, dubbed as the worst terror strikes on India, had also come during the electioneering raising fears that the issue of terrorism could wipe out the party’s chances in the five states.

But the poll outcome is a clear morale booster for the Congress and has come as more than a straw for the organisation which was dubbed as a ‘sinking ship’ by its detractors.

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The latest poll debacles were those in Karnataka few months back and that in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, a year ago.

The Gujarat setback was a real shock for the party with Gandhi personally leading the campaign against the BJP in order to oust Narendra Modi, who had the last laugh.

The grand old party lost elections galore since the Lok Sabha polls in 2004 and its victories were only limited to Haryana and Assam. It won Maharashtra after an alliance with NCP.

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The states where it lost power include Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala while it failed to make any impact in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and some other states.

First published on: 08-12-2008 at 04:45:39 pm
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