How BJP’s ruthless election strategy left Rahul Gandhi disarmed in the new Lok Sabha



Congress President Rahul Gandhi. BJPs war machine had identified its electoral targets and went for the kill with pinpoint precision even before the Lok Sabha elections were announced. The strategy was aimed at further isolation of an aggressive Rahul Gandhi who has been mounting a spirited campaign against the BJP and Prime Minister both inside and outside the Parliament. Congress leaders complain that BJP identified close Rahul Gandhi aides in the Lok Sabha and went all out to ensure their defeat in the election. The success of BJPs ruthless electoral strategy of ensuring the defeat of close Rahul Gandhi aides has deprived him of their support when he needs them the most. Two of Rahul Gandhis trusted aides – former union power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushmita Dev (former Lok Sabha member from Silchar in Assam) – have been defeated in the recently concluded national election. Both of them fall in the same age group as Rahul Gandhi and are part of his core team. READ ALSO: Modi clear choice of voters despite Rahul Gandhi Forty-eight year old Scindia has been defeated in Guna Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh by BJP candidate Krishna Pal Singh Yadav by a margin of over 1.25 lakh votes. Scindia had been winning from Guna Lok Sabha seat since 2002 after the seat fell vacant due to his father Madhav Rao Scindias death in an air crash in Uttar Pradesh in 2001. He never lost an election from Guna before his shock defeat this time. Scindia was able to hold on to his seat even when there was a strong wave in favor of Narendra Modi in 2014 Lok Sabha election that allowed the BJP to bag 27 of 29 seats in the state in the previous election. READ ALSO: Pie in the sky? Rahul Gandhi will need Rs 17-18 lakh crore to implement Congress manifesto Congress leaders complain that the BJP deliberately deployed its star campaigners to ensure Scindias defeat, considered one of the most trusted aides of Rahul Gandhi. Congress leaders accuse the BJP of deliberately targeting close Rahul aides in the Lok Sabha as per a carefully crafted election strategy to further isolate him in the house. They also cite the example of Sushmita Dev, head of women wing of the party – All India Mahila Congress. They also deployed Himanta Biswa Sarma, their master strategist in the region to ensure her defeat. Assam chief minister Sarbanad Sonowal also conducted rallies there, The BJP won 9 out of 14 seats in Assam and Congress could only win 3 seats despite a marginal difference of just half a per cent in terms of popular votes. While BJP bagged 36.1% popular votes in the north-eastern state, the Congress bagged 35.44% votes. READ ALSO: Why Rahul Gandhi tried to overshadow PM Modi In fact, her voice was clearly discernible among the members of Congress shouting brigade tasked to corner the government in the It was Sushmitas relentless chanting of Pradhan Mantri Jawab Do, Jawab Do (Prime Minister please give an answer) that could be heard in the background when speaker Sumitra Mahajan continued to run the house despite slogan shouting by the opposition benches. It was her sharp attacks on the NDA in the Lok Sabha that drew her close to the party leadership and resulted in her appointment as president of All India Mahila Congress. It shows that how much importance they attached to her defeat, Sushmita Devs defeat at the hands of BJP candidate Rajdeep Roy by over 80,000 votes has deprived Rahul Gandhi of one of his trusted hands in the house as he looks forward to carry on with his agenda of cornering the Prime Minister with his direct attacks. READ ALSO: Rahul Gandhi Kharge a trusted aid of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was leading the Congress MPs in the battle against the ruling NDA on the floor of the house. Seventy-six years old former railways minister lost the Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga in Karnataka to his BJP rival Umesh G. Jadhav by over 95,000 votes. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started his Lok Sabha election campaign in Karnataka-Hyderabad region by addressing rallies in Gulbarga-Kalburgi in March this year. The saffron party poached the Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav just ahead of PM Modis rally to field him against Kharge who had never lost a Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga since 1972. Though Kharge was hoping for a record 12th straight victory from the seat but Prime Minister Modis strategy eventually ensured his defeat and left the Congress President politically even more vulnerable in the lower house. READ ALSO: Budget 2019: Do you know, a fourth of India\u2019s Budget goes into interest payment?