“People just chose the original”: Netizens slam Kamal Nath, Bhupesh Baghel, Ashok Gehlot for pursuing soft Hindutva as Congress suffer defeat in three key states

Senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Bhupesh Baghel and Ashok Gehlot are facing widespread condemnation as they blamed the soft Hindutva ideology pursued by these politicians for the defeat of the party in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.
Kamal Nath

Most exit poll surveys had predicted a comfortable win for the Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The party had won these two states in 2018. However, the BJP defied every single prediction to wrest power from the Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Likewise, Madhya Pradesh was expected to see the defeat for the Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government due to years of anti-incumbency but the BJP registered a landslide here, paving the way for it to form a government the fifth time in a row. Kamal Nath of the Congress was aiming to become the state’s chief minister for the second time.

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The dominating theme of the social media conversation was that the Congress lost these three key states in the Hindi heartland due to the soft Hindutva ideology followed by its regional leaders in these three states.

Kamal Nath had sought blessing from a controversial Hindu guru, Dhirendra Krishna Shastri, who is also known as Bageshwar Dham Maharaj. Shastri is known for his hate speech against India’s Muslim community. Both Kamal Nath and his son, Nakul Kamal Nath, had faced criticism from netizens for pursuing the Hindutva ideology in their bid to woo the state’s Hindu voters.

Kamal Nath was so determined to woo Hindu voters that he even defied his party leadership to invite controversial Times Now anchor Navika Kumar for a private jet ride during the election campaign. Kumar was among the 14 pro-Hindutva TV anchors that the Congress had announced to boycott in the future.

Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot government and Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel administration too had to face routine criticism for turning a blind eye to atrocities against the minorities when they served the states as chief ministers. Baghel, in particular, had even chosen to fund the TV channel owned by known Islamophobe, Suresh Chavanke, who is notorious for running a hate agenda against India’s Muslim community on his TV channel, Sudarshan TV.

Here’s how the netizen reacted;