In a stark assessment of the Congress party’s prospects in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Assam Minister Pijush Hazarika has predicted that the party has slim chances of winning even a single seat in the state. Hazarika’s remarks come amid growing concerns within the Congress about its dwindling support base and its inability to challenge the ruling BJP in Assam.
Speaking to reporters in Guwahati, Hazarika stated that the Congress’s situation in Assam is “pathetic” and that the party is likely to lose all 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state. He attributed the Congress’s decline to a combination of factors, including internal divisions, lack of leadership, and the BJP’s strong grip on the state’s political landscape.
Hazarika’s assessment of the Congress’s prospects is not unfounded. The party has been steadily losing ground in Assam in recent years. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress won just one seat in the state, down from three in 2014. The party has also suffered defeats in local body elections and assembly by-elections.
Factors Contributing to Congress’s Decline
Several factors have contributed to the Congress’s decline in Assam. One major factor is the rise of the BJP, which has emerged as the dominant political force in the state. The BJP’s success can be attributed to its focus on Hindutva nationalism and its ability to connect with voters on issues such as development and security.
Another factor contributing to the Congress’s decline is its internal divisions. The party has been plagued by factionalism and a lack of clear leadership. This has resulted in a lack of cohesion and a failure to present a united front against the BJP.
The Congress faces a number of challenges in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. It needs to address its internal divisions, strengthen its leadership, and develop a clear strategy to counter the BJP. The party also needs to regain the confidence of voters who have been disenchanted with its performance.