The Congress touched a new low in crucial Uttar Pradesh, winning just two seats and garnering only 2.39 per cent vote share.
In its worst ever performance in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress not only posted its lowest performance in the state with two seats, but the party’s voting percentage fell from 6.25 per cent in the 2017 elections, when it won seven seats. .
Even Uttar Pradesh Congress President Ajay Kumar Lallu suffered a humiliating defeat from Tamkuhi Raj seat in Kushinagar and finished third behind BJP and SP candidates. The party’s candidates have lost all six constituencies in Rae Bareli and four in neighboring Amethi.
The Congress’s worst performance so far can be attributed to several reasons: the party’s lack of popular appeal, the SP is seen as the main opposition, and the party loses public contact.
However, one of the issues that brought the party into controversies and in poor light in UP was that of Charanjit Singh Channi. comment against ‘UP Bhaiya’ Amid the election heat in February, Channi had said he would not allow “Bhaiyya of UP, Bihar” to enter the state, while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra – Congress in-charge for UP – laughed and clapped.
Channi said that they would not allow the “brothers of UP, Bihar” to enter Punjab and rule the state. The remark did not go down well as the opposition in Punjab and the parties in UP and Bihar lashed out at the former Punjab CM for his ‘derogatory remarks’ against the people of UP and Bihar.
PM Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Manoj Tiwari, Sushil Kumar Modi and many others had targeted the former chief minister for his remarks. PM Modi recalled Channi’s remarks that Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Ravidas were also born outside Punjab.
“The whole country has seen what the Congress chief minister said here. The family of Delhi is its owner (boss), that the owner was standing next to him, clapping,” the Prime Minister said.
Channi released the explanation That he meant for Kejriwal and Priyanka Gandhi also backed the Punjab Chief Minister and said that his statements were framed incorrectly.
However, the damage appears to have been done and the comment was not well received as it was seen as a derogatory remark for migrants working in Punjab.
The party which was seen as a strong contender in Punjab failed to repeat its 2017 victory in the state as it won only 18 of the 117 seats in the state.
Chief Minister Channi, who was seen as a prominent Dalit face, contested against the AAP candidate from both his seats in Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur. State party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu also lost his seat in Amritsar East.
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