Congress high command has appointed Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel as the Senior Observer for the Assam assembly election. Now, Bhupesh Baghel has been camping in the state for the last few weeks with a recurrent visit to Raipur.
More than half a dozen Congress MLAs are associated with Mr Baghel in Assam and a nearly 700-strong group of Congress leaders at the booth level, who are critical to the Congress’ plans to win seats.
Now, the question is “What is Bhupesh Baghel’s strategy for winning Assam?”
Critics say that Baghel is assigned with the responsibilities of funding Congress for the Assam assembly election. But, the Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has denied it. Some critics say that he is trying to score points with the party top brass. Aside from politics and insinuations, Baghel is doing the hard work from the past three weeks, addressing roadshows, public meetings, and doing door-to-door campaigns in Assam.
The Congress’ 5-point manifesto for Assam is also fictional which should be inspired by Chhattisgarh’s success. Upadhyay says “Just as the Congress promised and delivered on paddy procurement with bonus and waiver of agricultural loans in Chhattisgarh; in Assam, we have promised no CAA, wages of Rs 365 per day to tea garden workers, Rs 2,000 to housewives, 500,000 jobs and 200 units of free power.”
Baghel said that based on the Chhattisgarh model, we can make sure that there was no infighting post ticket distribution.
Still, there are several challenges for Congress in Assam. For one, though Congress leaders assert otherwise, the party does not have the necessary organisational structure. Additionally, it is resource-strapped and plagued by infighting—a Congress hallmark in recent years.