• Under the leadership of Amit Shah, BJP achieved success in Legislative Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Assam in 2014-2016.

India is all about the celebration of democracy, envisaged through politics. Be it the ruling or the opposition, every party gets prominence in the Indian scenario. Yes, undoubtedly the Indian citizens witness a win-win factor for any party and taste the fruit of democracy. Recently, for the past two years two leading parties have stolen the show throughout India, i.e. BJP and Congress, the most effective of all central government parties.

Education Qualification of Both the Presidents

Rahul Gandhi, the president of Indian National Congress attained primary education in New Delhi and Dehradun. He obtained degrees in International Relations and Development Studies at the Universities of Rollins and Cambridge.

On the other hand, Amit Shah, the president of Bhartiya Janata Party did his schooling in Mehsana and moved to Ahmadabad to study Biochemistry at CU Shah Science College. He graduated with a B.Sc degree in biochemistry.

The Two Presidents and the Current Political Scenario

While Congress has Rahul Gandhi, son of late Rajiv Gandhi as its president on the other hand BJP has in his list Amit Shah as the president of the party.  2018 local elections saw a huge drama. Recently the ruling union party, BJP is slightly in pressure with the current election results. A survey done, few days back, put BJP at the back foot as congress has won the preference of many people in Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and MP. In these states congress is expected to have a comeback after 15 years.  Moreover the recent win in Karnataka municipal elections boosted the Congress Party to a large extent. But one can’t forget the winning party’s victory; it has still its prominent foot mark in several regions, though experts argue that most of the wins are quite on edge with the opposition.

Their Experience in Politics

Rahul Gandhi is the President of the Indian National Congress and had served such additional offices as the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India. He represents the constituency of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

Amit Anilchandra Shah is currently serving as President of the Bharatiya Janata Party and as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He was elected as MLA from Sarkhej in four consecutive elections: 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2007. He held a number of portfolios in the state government during Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

No of Elections They have Won after becoming the President

During 2014-2016 under the leadership of Amit Shah, BJP achieved success in Legislative Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Assam.  He also led the election campaigning in 2017 assembly elections, which gave BJP resounding success in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Under his leadership, BJP won the highest ever tally of 325 seats out of 403 and has also won 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly polls for a record six times and the 2017 Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly polls. In March 2018, BJP won first time in left-ruled North-eastern state Tripura with two-thirds majority and also gained its position in Nagaland and Meghalaya and formed government in both the states with its allies.

Rahul Gandhi assumed the office of the President of INC on 16th December, 2017 and is to contest major elections in 2019.

Issues vs. Fear

BJP’s acceptance has dipped down among the Dalits, Adivasis due to some recent controversies. Much hush-hush and scream over demonetization too dragged down the BJP’s popularity to a certain extent and Mr. Gandhi has very cleverly used these issues for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On the other hand Shah slammed upon the other opponents for the upcoming contest. He claims these fight and promotional events as die hard attitude to regain their position, which in Shah’s view is a sign of fear of the opponent to lose before BJP.

Popularity of the Presidents

In spite of several discussions BJP is still expected to grab a seat in MP and Chattisgarh, while it may lose in Rajasthan. But Shah’s constant media presence and promotional gatherings, keeping in pace at par with Rahul Gandhi is bound to give him a stronghold amongst the people of the nation. On the other hand Rahul Gandhi’s fame among the middle and young aged mass has gained him popularity.

All these and many other instances are a proof of the impending democratic drama of the 2019 Lok Sabha election that India awaits to witness.

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