Cong appoints central observers in Maha, Haryana, Arunachal

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 22:12

New Delhi: Congress on Friday appointed in
Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh central observers
to facilitate election of the party`s chief ministers.

While senior leaders A K Antony, Digvijay Singh and K
Rehman Khan have been named the observers for Maharashtra,
general secretaries Prithviraj Chavan, Mohsina Kidwai and B
K Hariprasad will do the job in Haryana.

Senior leaders Oscar Fernandes, Luizinho Faleiro and
V Narayansami are the central observers for Arunachal Pradesh.

The announcement was made by AICC General Secretary
Janardan Dwivedi.

The meeting of the new legislature party in Haryana
will take place this evening.

Congress romped home victorious for a third straight
term in Maharashtra, swept Arunachal Pradesh with a two-third
majority but its snap poll gamble failed in Haryana where it
fell short of six seats.
The Congress-NCP combine ruling Maharashtra for the
past ten years beat the anti-incumbency factor and won 144
seats in a House of 288.The combine needed just one seat more
for a simple majority.

The spectacular showing in Arunachal Pradesh saw the
Congress gain a two-third majority with 42 seats in he
60-member Assembly against 34 it had won last time.

Congress` loses 7.39 % vote share

Ruling Congress in Haryana
has not just seen a drastic fall in its tally of seats in
these assembly elections, but also a decline of 7.39 per cent
in its vote percentage.

While the party had stormed to power in 2005 by
winning 67 seats in the 90-member House trouncing the then
INLD regime, this time around its tally has drastically come
down to 40, registering a loss of 27 seats.

The party had a vote percentage of 42.46 in 2005
assembly polls which fell to 35.07 per cent this time,
according to the data compiled by the State Election
Department here.

Congress has lost heavily in north and central Haryana
comprising Ambala, Yamuna Nagar, Kaithal, Jind and Karnal
districts where opposition INLD has made a comeback.

The ruling party, however, has fared well in the Jat
heartland comprising districts like Rohtak, Jhajjar and
Sonepat, which also happen to be Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda`s bastions where the party has bagged 13 of the 14

Having gone to polls seven months before schedule after
an impressive performance in the Lok Sabha polls in which it
retained nine out of ten seats, the Congress has seen a dent
in its votebank in the multi-cornered contests on all the 90
assembly seats this time.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 22:12

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