Posted on May 25, 2019, 9:23 PM IST
Congress’s fort gets conquered as saffron reaches UP’s Amethi
The Congress Party suffered a humiliating defeat after results to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were announced on Thursday. One of the most shocking aspects of the loss, was the BJP victory in Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s home constituency, Amethi.
However, for most BJP workers and supporters, this loss does not come as a surprise.
In an extensive report published in the Indian Express, Amethi was termed as a Congress fort now conquered by the BJP. After BJP candidate Smriti Irani defeated Rahul in the area, workers outside the BJP office excitedly announced “Qila fateh kar lia.”
Rahul Gandhi lost his 15 year old grip on the family stronghold. For many, this just wasn’t another constituency held by the Congress, but a home.BJP workers in the area have stated that their party had been transforming Amethi for a while. Articles were also published online after the Vidhan Sabha elections in Amethi about the weakening influence of Congress.
The BJP had recently started functioning from a new office in the area. The new three storey building with well-built furniture, air conditioners, conference hall and an IT room, proved to be the first step to BJP’s ladder of success in the area. It lay in open contrast to the Congress office barely 2 kms away. A day after the defeat, big locks were put up on the latter’s doors, which is an unusual sight for the people of Amethi.
Smriti Irani is being credited by BJP leaders for her hard-work. Since her loss in 2014, she has been continuously visiting the area, along with cascading Union Ministers to announce many schemes.
Irani, on her part, thanked them in an audio message released Friday: “Mei Smriti Irani, aaj se aapki vidhivat sansad. Ek sadharan parivar ki mujh jaise mahila ko aap sabne ashirwad diya. Aap sabne jo itihas racha ussey desh aur duniya ne dekha (From today, I am your MP. You have blessed a woman from an ordinary family. The entire country and the world are witness to the history you created).”
In attempts to come to terms with the defeat, district president Yogendra Mishra offered to resign. The consequences for Amethi’s party workers still lie under the clouds of ambiguity.
The divide in Amethi is evident. Many who used to vote for Gandhi decided to switch sides once they started benefitting from government schemes for housing, handpumps, Ujjwala and PM-Kisan. There’s a feeling here that more such benefits will come their way once they send a BJP member to Lok Sabha.