The term ‘Desert State’ took on a different connotation for the Congress party as it was decimated by BJP in a landslide win on Sunday.
Swept by the Saffron wave, the PCC headquarters in Jaipur stood a silent witness to the political massacre, speaking volumes about the mood of its members who were nowhere to be seen.
Barring a dozen local politicians and party leaders, who sat glued to the television set, only a
faithful watchman was in attendance at the building, which till now was the centre of all activity.
Ashen-faced, they tried hard to hide the disappointment of seeing their colleagues lose seat after another; the chaos of strewn chairs seemed to reflect their state of mind. Broken yet blinking away tears in public, they were clear testimony to the damage the Congress suffered.
A guard in khaki, however, did not leave the sinking boat. “I haven’t ever seen such this place wear such a disheartening look in my over 30 years of service at this office,” said Boduram.
The guard is one of the oldest and most faithful party workers and even had the privilege of flagging off the ‘Sandesh Yatra’ this year. “It is disheartening for me to see my party’s condition, but people didn’t vote for us,” he said with a gloomy face.
Congress party members hoped that state Congress president and outgoing chief minister Ashok Gehlot would boost their morale by nightfall despite the disappointing day, but to no avail.