New Delhi: Even though the poll results of five states including Kerala and Assam have given an immediate respite to Congress, but simultaneously it has increased the pressure of the party manifold. The dismal performance of Congress in South India has played a spoilsport in party efforts for a better and secured future on the national level.

Under such political scenario, Congress is banking heavily on Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls to keep its status of a national party intact. While party stalwarts are making best possible efforts to infuse life in moribund Congress unit of UP, the party intends to regain its hold in Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 elections.

While the Assembly poll results in Assam and West Bengal brought a smile back on Congress leaders, the performance at Kerala and Tamil Nadu has left the party bigwigs in deep concern.

To make the situation even worse is the fact that Trinamool Congress (TMC) which came into existence barely 13-years back was successful in toppling the CPI (M) government at West Bengal. Whereas, in the past 34 years, Congress made several futile efforts to defeat CPI (M).

At Kerala, Congress was barely successful in winning the Assembly polls. The party has 13 MPs from the state. Senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee opines that the poll results were not as Congress had expected.

Even the Congress think-tank believes that poll results of Tamil Nadu are not a healthy indication for party’s future. The party which had bagged 34 seats in the last assembly polls was reduced to mere 5 seats in 2012 elections. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Congress won eight Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu.

In Andhra Pradesh where there are 42 Lok Sabha seats, Congress has registered its win on 33 seats with the YSR Reddy effect. Due to the good performance in southern states of the country, Congress was successful in winning 206 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Whereas, in 2004, Congress had to remain content with 145 Lok Sabha seats. UP played an important role in Congress success in 2009, as the party won 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
 
However, during the past few years scenario has changed for Congress in Southern states. After YSR Reddy’s death his son Jagan Mohan Reddy has turned a rebel, and by registering a thumping victory in Lok Sabha by-poll, he has made the situation even worse for Congress. 

Congress has already lost its hold over Karnataka, which presently has a BJP government. Out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats of the state, Congress could manage to win only six. To add more to its woes, the party has already been thrown out of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

(JPN/ Bureau)