18 Apr 2024

Lok Sabha Elections-2024: Congress has never fought on so few seats, is it a strategy or party's weakness?

In the Lok Sabha elections-2024, Congress is expected to field candidates on only around 330 seats. This will be the first time in the electoral history of the country when Congress is contesting on such a small number of seats. When asked about this, Congress says it's not their weakness but a strategy.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh made a mention of the Lok Sabha elections of 2004. He said that even then we contested as part of a coalition. It was said at that time too that we were contesting on the fewest seats in our history. At that time, we left seats for our allies, and when the results came, you saw that the government changed. Congress came to power. 

However, the figure of 330 is still quite low compared to 2004. At that time, Congress fielded candidates on 417 seats. After that, in 2009, it contested on 440 seats, and in 2014, on 464 seats. Then in the 2019 general elections, Congress contested on only 421 seats, and now this number is the lowest in its history, with preparations to contest on around 330 seats.

We are negotiating seats with our allies in big states: Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh said this is because we are negotiating seats with our allies in big states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Bengal.

Jairam Ramesh said, 'The situation in 2024 is just like 2004. We are deliberately contesting fewer seats. We want an effective coalition. In this election, the Congress-INDIA alliance will clearly get a majority.' 

Ramesh said that we have formed alliances with regional parties in constituencies where we will be competing against the BJP.

Cong has given more seats to its strong regional allies

Congress says that after the rise of PM Narendra Modi in 2014, the presence of Congress has reduced in big states like UP, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bengal, and Bihar. In such a situation, it is giving more seats to its strong regional allies. These parties are in a strong position compared to the BJP. In such a scenario, if the BJP faces setbacks in these states, then the INDIA alliance led by Congress will benefit. The important thing is that nearly 40% of the Lok Sabha seats come from these states.

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