• Tue. Jan 31st, 2023

What exit polls say about Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra

Rahul Gandhi

The Congress has often clarified that its leader Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing Kanyakumari-to-Kashmir Bharat Jodo Yatra isn’t about elections. But there’s no denying that the party was hoping the massive mass-contact foot march would start the process of its revival with good results in elections.

What happens in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls will be known on December 7, and the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh state election results will be announced a day later. But India Today-Axis My India exit polls suggest the Bharat Jodo Yatra may not have delivered immediate goods.

In the MCD polls, there was an opportunity for the Congress. The BJP has ruled the MCD for 15 years. The BJP-led central government, through bureaucratic interventions, has a significant role in how the MCD is run. The AAP has also been the party in power in Delhi’s assembly since 2014. So, both the BJP and the AAP had anti-incumbency of some sort going against them.

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