‘Expect the unexpected’
The growth of the Congress’ prospect of a huge victory means the shrink of the Communists’ prospect of a better performance.
The statement that comes first to our mind when we closely observe the latest political developments surrounding the Congress party in the southernmost state of Kerala is ‘expect the unexpected’.
In the initial stage of the general election campaign, the Communist parties enjoyed an upper hand in almost every constituency in Kerala, as they were the ones who came up first with a credible candidate list in the state.
Until K Muraleedharan, who is the son of former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran, who is the most efficient Congress lawmakers in the Kerala Legislative Assembly, and who enjoys a huge support base across the state, particularly in the Malabar region, due to his leadership and oration skills, was unexpectedly fielded in the Communist bastion Vadakara, in which infamous Communist strongman P Jayarajan –who is alleged to have played a prime role in several political clashes in and around Kannur, no one believed there was any credibility to the pre-poll surveys which predicted that the Congress would win at least 16 out of 20 seats in the state in the upcoming general election.
Actually, the present reality is different. With the declaration of Rahul Gandhi’s candidature in the Wayanad constituency, the Congress’ prospect of a huge victory has grown from the early expected sixteen to the entire twenty.
Definitely, there is reason for the Communists’ unhappiness. The growth of the Congress’ prospect of a huge victory means the shrink of the Communists’ prospect of a better performance.
In the present scenario, no sensible one thinks that the entire Communist faction will win more than five seats in the parliament.
Of course, post election, if the things progress like this, the Congress, in no way, will have to bother too much about the electorally weakened Communists.
Vignesh. S. G
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