In Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi's speeches cost Congress assembly seats

Dec 09 2013, 16:01 IST
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Not so effective? Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally (PTI image) Not so effective? Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally (PTI image)
SummaryThe number of seats Cong held went down in almost all constituencies Rahul addressed.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's 'magic' apparently failed to work in Madhya Pradesh as Congress conceded more seats than it had held at those constituencies where he addressed election rallies ahead of the November 25 assembly polls.

The total number of seats held by the Congress in the state assembly went down from 71 to 58 this time.

Gandhi had addressed more than six election meetings in the state, starting off election meetings at Gwalior and Shahdol held on October 17.

While the number of seats held by the party came down from three to two in Gwalior, it could win only one seat in Shahdol, although it had won three seats in 2008.

Similarly, in Rahatgarh and Indore, Rahul had addressed election meetings on October 24.

Rahatgarh is part of Surkhi constituency, from where sitting Congress MLA Govind Singh Rajput lost by a slender margin of 141 votes.

On November 20, Rahul addressed election meetings at Kukshi in Dhar district and Sidhi.

In Dhar district, the number of Congress seats came down from five to two, although its nominee in Kukshi managed to win.

Congress got some solace as it managed to win two out of three seats in Sidhi district. Rahul's presence in Mandsaur and Balaghat also seems to have benefited the party to some extent.

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