Congress admits weak Election campaign against PM Narendra Modi
New Delhi : In January this year, the Congress was full of belief that they will dismantle Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a strong campaign, but months after executing their exercise, it looks like the party has failed in doing the intended.
Congress officials admit the attempt to unseat PM Modi in the ongoing general election has suffered from a weak campaign and fumbled communications. Political strategists say the missteps and an inability to sew up alliances with other opposition groups had hurt Congress.
Counting of votes will be on May 23 for the ongoing Lok Sabha Election 2019. The confirmation to the claims will only be revealed on the day when India will pronounce its verdict on whether the BJP will continue its government or there will be change.
Two Congress officials told Reuters that their campaign, centred on a promise of a handout of Rs. 72,000 every year for the poorest families, was rolled out late - only four days before the first phase of the polls began on April 11.
In contrast, the BJP campaign's communications has been a huge strength - no one can complain that the message didn't get out.
According to a news report, PM Modi got three times more screen space on 11 channels than Congress President Rahul Gandhi during the campaigns.
Congress has also been unable to forge alliances with other opposition parties in two important states and adequately overhaul its grassroots organisation, political strategists said, making an already difficult contest even harder.