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Congress hopes for Karnataka win to boost its anti-BJP drive ahead of LS polls

March 29, 2023 20:59 IST

For all the issues that the Congress party is grappling with currently, it is observed that a victory in the May 10 Karnataka elections could mark a revival of its political fortunes, bolstering its position and strengthening its credentials as the main opposition party against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre, ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

IMAGE: Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi being welcomed by Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar (left) on their arrival, at Belagavi Airport, March 20, 2023. Photograph: ANI Photo

By ensuring a win in Karnataka, the party also wants to bounce back after the recent losses in the northeastern states, and give it a momentum of sorts to take on the battle-ready election machinery of the BJP, later this year in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.


The Congress seems to be heading for the Karnataka polls so far on the strength of its local leadership and focusing on issues concerning the state, making corruption a central theme of its campaigning.

This polls is also a prestige battle for the grand old party with a Kannadiga M Mallikarjun Kharge, who hails from Kalaburagi district, at its helm, as the national President.

However, the Congress also faces the challenge of keeping at bay the intense factionalism, especially between the camps of its two chief ministerial aspirants -- Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar -- who are often seen to be engaging in political one-upmanship for some time now.

Here is a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats analysis of the Congress in the home state of AICC president Kharge.



Not-so-strong central leadership that can keep the party united in case of revolt within.



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