New Delhi: The Congress party suffered yet another major blow as Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil resigned as Maharashtra’s Leader of Opposition (LoP) ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, as per reports. Also Read - Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea Challenging PM Modi's Election From Varanasi LS Seat
Earlier today, at least seven Congress MLAs in Telangana defected to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said reports. The seven MLAs are expected to meet Governor ESL Narasimhan later in the day. Also Read - Anti-Modi Tweets by Arvind Kejriwal Vanished Post Lok Sabha Elections 2019
The Congress is anyway struggling in Maharashtra as it is still trying to be on a sure footing with ally NCP and others it wants on board and arrive at a mutually agreeable seat-sharing pact, said a DNA report earlier on Tuesday. Also Read - 'Danger in Boycotting J&K Assembly Polls, it Could be Repeat of What Happened in Lok Sabha Elections,' Warns NC's Omar Abdullah
The report said that there have already been two meetings addressed by party president Rahul Gandhi in Dhule and Mumbai on March 1 but the party has failed to keep factionalism at bay. As of now, the Congress is expected to contest 25 of the 48 seats while the NCP would fight from the remaining 23 seats.
From the looks of it, the grand old party might spare one seat from its share for the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by farmer’s leader Raju Shetti.
The daily quotes a former minister holding talks with the NCP and like-minded parties as saying, “The party organisation in Maharashtra is completely paralysed due to weak organisational network, intra-party feud and disconnect with the young and new voters. Besides, there has been a lack of coordination between top leadership and district and village-level which is a major negative.”
Meanwhile, Congress is being snubbed by several parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Monday snubbed the Congress over its decision to leave seven seats vacant for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh and said, “do not spread confusion”.
She further said, “Congress is absolutely free to contest the polls on all 80 seats independently in Uttar Pradesh. Our alliance formed here with Samajwadi Party is strong enough to defeat BJP. Congress must not give the wrong impression by leaving seven seats vacant for SP, BSP and RLD.”
In West Bengal too, talks on the seat-sharing arrangement with the Left Front in West Bengal failed. Congress is likely to contest on all 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state alone.
As per sources, Congress has finalised a list of 10 candidates for the first three phases. In six of these seats, the Left Front has also fielded its candidates.