JANUARY ,05 2024
“In the 2019 national elections, the party contested 421 seats and secured victory in 52.”
- Congress Focus on 255 Seats: The Congress leadership has conveyed its decision to concentrate on 255 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, suggesting a potential reduction from the 421 seats contested in the 2019 national elections.
- Seat Sharing Talks with INDIA Partners: The party has announced the initiation of seat-sharing discussions with partners in the INDIA bloc, reflecting a collaborative approach for the elections.
- National Alliance Committee’s Report: A five-member national alliance committee, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, submitted a report after extensive discussions with state units. The committee received approval to commence talks with INDIA alliance constituents.
- 2019 Lok Sabha Performance: In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress contested 421 seats and won 52. It participated in alliances in various states, including Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Tamil Nadu.
- Strategic Shift in Seat Contestation: The decision to focus on 255 seats is seen as an indication of the party’s willingness to contest in a reduced number of seats, accommodating allies in the INDIA alliance.
- Challenges in Seat Sharing: Seat-sharing negotiations are expected to face challenges in states like Delhi, Punjab, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh. The Congress is navigating complexities, such as potential alliances with AAP in Punjab and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.
- State-wise Dialogue: The Congress plans to engage in state-wise discussions with INDIA parties, considering their influence in specific regions. Talks will be held separately for states like Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, and others.
- Objective of INDIA Alliance Majority: The party emphasizes the goal of ensuring that the INDIA alliance secures a majority and forms the government at the Centre.
- Manifesto Committee and Poll Preparedness: The Congress’s manifesto committee, led by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, held its first meeting, discussing preliminary matters. The leadership provided guidelines to state units on the formation of social media, media war rooms, and control rooms.
- Candidate Selection and Unity: State units are urged to start the candidate selection process, with an emphasis on presenting the first list promptly. Leaders are advised to set aside differences, avoid public disagreements, and refrain from discussing internal party matters in the media.