Almost three months after the ‘Narendra Modi Wave’ decimated the Congress party in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, the current scenario doesn’t seem to have changed either. The Congress party who were reduced to 44 seats in the Parliament – courtesy now Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have officially announced that their chief ministers will not share dais with Modi. The charge was led by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was booed by the crowd in one of the public functions on Tuesday. Recently, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has refused to share dais with Modi in Nagpur where they were to lay the foundation stone of Metro Project.
The denying of sharing stage with Prime Minister puts Congress into catch-22 situation. If they share space with Narendra Modi in public functions, and the crowd boos them as they did in Solapur and Kaithal, the already tarnished image of the party will incur further damage and will hamper its chances in the assembly polls later this year. And if they avoid sharing space with Modi, it will be a situation of self-imploding. After all, if there’s no wrongdoing, then why run away?
Fearing what happened with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Congress party has issued a diktat to maintain an arm’s length distance from Narendra Modi before the elections. The Congress party said that BJP-elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi would use such events to their advantage in the assembly polls of Maharashtra, Jammu Kashmir and Bihar, to be held later this year.
The Congress party and BJP have indulged into a full-fledged verbal war. While the Congress party has accused the BJP of orchestrating protests to embarrass their chief ministers; the BJP took a dig stating that the Congress party run away from sharing stage with Modi, but how will they run away from Modi Mantra.
If anything is to go by, the Congress party is rattled and is finding no ray of hope under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. Every strategy is boomeranging on them and there seems no way out. Boycotting Narendra Modi as a Gujarat chief minister would have not done much harm to the Congress as much as boycotting Narendra Modi as a Prime Minister.
With Assembly Elections stated to be held later this year, Congress party needs to recuperate rapidly if they do not want to repeat their General Elections’ performances.