October 2018 News

Cong Vote Share Slips 21% In Jammu

26 October 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: Efforts of the Congress to retrieve its lost ground in Jammu city received a setback as the party's vote share came down over 21 per cent despite a strong anti-incumbency wave against the BJP in the recent civic bodies elections. Notably, the vote share of the BJP has also come down nearly 51 per cent in Jammu city but the Congress leadership has failed to translate this vote in its favour due to the 'half-hearted' efforts of the state leadership. Instead of choosing the Congress, Jammu voters preferred Independents to 'teach BJP candidates a lesson' in a few wards. The decline in the vote share in three important Assembly segments ahead of the Lok Sabha elections is giving sleepless nights to Congress leadership. In the 2014 Assembly elections, the Congress had secured 67,981 votes in Jammu city but this time it got 53,684. This is 14,297 less or almost 21 per cent. Interestingly, the Congress' vote share as compared to the 2014 Assembly elections has increased in the Jammu West Assembly segment but it came down drastically in Jammu East and Gandhi Nagar segments. In the 2014 Assembly elections, despite a strong Modi wave the Congress had secured 39,902 votes in the Gandhi Nagar Assembly segment. However, this time despite an anti-incumbency wave against the saffron party, the Congress votes came down to 22,784. A senior Congress leader, who wished not to be quoted, said due to the complete failure of the leadership, the party had failed to cash in on the strong anti-incumbency wave against the BJP in the Jammu region. 'Instead of giving a united fight to the BJP, senior Congress leaders indulged in infighting,' he said, adding that the civic election results were a warning signals to those party leaders, who were claiming that they would dislodge the BJP in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.