Assembly Polls: Has Rahul Gandhi Laid Down A Marker for 2019? 

From Congress’ ‘soft Hindutva’ approach to rural distress costing the BJP, BloombergQuint decodes the state polls.

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Congress has taken the lead in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and is giving tough competition to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh this Assembly election 2018.

With Congress outscoring the BJP in five state polls, has Rahul Gandhi laid down a marker for 2019 elections?

From Congress’ soft Hindutva approach to rural distress costing the BJP, BloombergQuint decodes the state polls in conversation with political commentator Amitabh Tiwari, political economy analyst Shankkar Aiyar and The Quint’s Editorial Director Sunjay Pugalia.

Addressing a press conference after the Congress party came out leading in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and in a neck-and-neck battle in MP in the Assembly elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed willingness to work with the Opposition in areas that require attention, such as farmer welfare and unemployment.

As Madhya Pradesh appears to be heading for a cliffhanger with the ruling BJP and Congress locked in a close fight, small parties and independents may play a crucial role in deciding who forms the next government in the state.


Congress President Rahul Gandhi will take the final call on Wednesday,12 December, on who will be the chief minister in Rajasthan after taking into account the opinion of the newly elected MLAs. The fight for the control of the 200-member Assembly is between the Raje-led BJP and the Congress spearheaded by Gehlot and Pilot.

The Congress is heading towards a two-thirds majority in Chhattisgarh. It is currently leading in 67 constituencies, ahead of the BJP, which is leading in 17 seats and Mayawati-Ajit Jogi’s JCC+ alliance is leading in four constituencies.

Outgoing Chief Minister Raman Singh tendered his resignation to the governor as the trends became decisive.


The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) looks set to form its second successive government in Telangana after taking an unassailable lead in 85 seats, according to the latest vote count on Tuesday, 11 December. This is a clear vindication of party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's popularity.

The KCR-led TRS is up against the Congress and the TDS-led grand alliance dubbed the ‘Mahakutami.’

As the counting of votes for all 40 seats in the Mizoram Assembly concluded on Tuesday, 11 December, the Mizo National Front (MNF) emerged victor with 26 seats, while the Congress trailed, with leads in only five constituencies, as per trends at 6 pm.

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