5 Indian states, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Assam and Kerala, are gearing up for the upcoming Assembly elections in 2011.
West Bengal Assembly Elections 2011 will see a direct fight between Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress and the Left Front led by CPI-M. Although Bengal has kept its faith going with the Left Front for over 3 decades now, observers believe Mamata Banerjee is in a position to finally topple the Left rule. Congress will definitely support TMC, while BJP will look forward to opening its account in the state.
Tamil Nadu elections are going to be definitely interesting. With the ongoing 2G scam and news reports of DMK family being heavily involved, it’s a good time for Jayalalitha-led All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam to make a comeback. But will people vote on issues of corruption or will they give importance to local issues, only time will tell. Congress will most probably give support to whichever party wins the polls.
In Assam and Kerala, Congress would be hoping of a majority. Although Kerala is under Left rule, Congress must feel it has a very good chance of winning in 2011. Even in Pondicherry Congress will look to improve on its tally of 10 seats out of a total 30 seats.
The 2011 elections are not that important for BJP as it does not have a strong presence in any of these states yet. But for Congress, wh is sure to fight on all seats across all states, it’d be a question of saving its face. After the Rahul Gandhi-in-Bihar fiasco, where he campaigned in 21 constituencies off which Congress lost 20, Congress would be on the look out to proove that Rahul magic works. But if Congress loses again as badly as they lost in Bihar elections, it’d put a big question mark on Rahul’s importance.