Assembly Elections 2023 : Many issues played an important role in the Congress Party’s defeat in the assembly elections in the three Hindi speaking states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, but ‘Lal Diary’, ‘Mahadev App’ and ‘Paper Leak’ emerged as villains at the last moment.
Assembly Elections 2023 : Congress party has suffered a crushing defeat in the assembly elections of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There may be many issues behind this defeat, but no one can deny the role of ‘Lal Diary’, ‘Mahadev App’ and ‘Paper Leak’. Played an important role in settling the issues of Lal Diary and paper leak of eight examinations in Rajasthan led by Ashok Gehlot Congress government. This is the reason why despite caste based census and all the welfare schemes, Congress has suffered a crushing defeat.
The worst for the Congress party happened in Madhya Pradesh where the party was confident of returning to power. But, the veteran Congress leader Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh duo in the state had no alternative to BJP’s social engineering and welfare schemes.
Seeing the sound of a tough contest in the state, BJP launched a campaign under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and fielded its Union ministers and MPs in the election field. On the other hand, the Congress party kept the entire campaign focused on its 11 guarantees. BJP got full support of women due to Shivraj government’s Ladli Behna scheme.
Semi-final won by BJP
BJP is very excited with the victory in these three states. In the 2019 Lok Sabha, it won 61 out of 65 Lok Sabha seats from these three states. It had won 28 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 24 out of 25 seats in Rajasthan and nine out of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh.
These election results are a big blow for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. He was engaged in strengthening the Congress on the ground through his Bharat Jodo Yatra. The second phase of his journey is also about to begin. Even the demand for caste based census by the Congress party did not have any significant impact on the voters. Election pundits were considering these elections as the semi-finals for the Lok Sabha of 2024. In such a situation, BJP is very excited by the spectacular victory.
Lal Diary episode
The Lal Diary episode was discussed a lot in Rajasthan. The Lal Diary episode came to light after Rajendra Gudha was dismissed from the cabinet. Gudha claimed that this diary was a ledger of corruption of the Gehlot government. Crime against women was also an important issue in Rajasthan. PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah fiercely cornered the state government on this issue.
As far as Chhattisgarh is concerned, corruption was an important issue during restoration. BJP cornered the Baghel government on this issue. Then just before the elections the issue of Mahadev App came to light. This also put the Baghel government in trouble.