With Puducherry gone, Congress out of power in south India | Puducherry News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the fall of its government in Puducherry, Congress is now out of power in south India, a rare occurrence in the history of the party that has counted the key geography as its stronghold.
Congress leaders said this situation mirrors what happened in the late 1980s when rivals governed the southern states for one term together and the grand old party was in the opposition.
With Puducherry gone, the Left Front is in office in Kerala, YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh, TRS in Telangana, BJP in Karnataka and AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. While it’s a major blow to Congress which has been wiped out of vast swathes in the north and the north-east post-2014, the party will soon get an opening to reverse the situation with Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry up for elections in three months. Congress is hoping to ride the “pendulum politics” of Kerala to return to office there and it is in alliance with DMK which is optimistic of dislodging AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. The party, in partnership with DMK, is also expecting to return to office in Puducherry.
However, this time, Kerala is not seen as a done deal for Congress like in the past, with a close contest with the Left bloc widely predicted.

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