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Will Congress End 32-Year Gujarat Drought?

Last updated on: November 04, 2022 13:06 IST

The Congress can take solace that the BJP's seat tally has been going down in each assembly election in Gujarat since 2002.

IMAGE: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with party MP Rahul Gandhi at the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Hyderabad. Photograph: ANI Photo

The Congress, once a dominant political force in Gujarat, has lost the six previous assembly elections in a row to the Bharatiya Janata Party since 1995 and hopes to regain past glory.

It had given the BJP a tough fight in 2017 winning 77 of the 182 seats at stake. The BJP had bagged 99 seats.

With only two states -- Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh -- in its kitty, the Congress is desperate for a victory in Gujarat in the next month's assembly elections.

Gujarat along with Himachal Pradesh will be the first major test for new Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, the first non-Gandhi leader in 24 years to occupy the party's top post.

Here is a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis of the Congress in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah's home state.





Parag Dave
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