A party in despair

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/22/2020 11:56:05 AM IST

 When things go wrong and doesn’t seem to go right no matter how attempts are made, the condition can only get worse. That’s what is happening within the Congress, which is finding itself with fewer options as its existence itself is being under cloud. A year after its defeat in the 2019 General elections and its steady decline, 23 senior Congress leaders, including five former Chief Ministers, many Congress Working Committee members, incumbent MPs, and several former Union Ministers, wrote a letter to interim Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, calling for a complete overhaul of the party, from top to bottom. On the expected lines, the rebellious letter sparked a furore within the Congress party, with the former Congress president Rahul Gandhi allegedly accusing the signatories of the letter of colluding with the BJP, an allegation that was later denied. In the Congress, there is an unwritten law that the Gandhis cannot be questioned as it is all about the transactional relationship they have with them. Those who back the family are people vying to be close to them as their coterie and advisors or office-bearers. However, while Congress is facing an internal crisis and given the fact that is has been hit by desertions and hounded by the ruling BJP, the party looks shakier than ever before. The Congress has been without a full time president since that past one and half years after Rahul walked out of the party presidentship. Sonia who had relinquished the post owing to various issues, mainly health, was forced to come out of retirement when the party (close coterie handpicked by the family) resolved that no other than a Gandhi should be the party head. However, since her return and as ad-hoc interim-president of AICC, Sonia has remained largely unreachable. Though he is no longer president, yet Rahul holds tremendous clout in party affairs and enjoys the patronage of Sonia. This makes Rahul have power without responsibility and not blamed if things go wrong. Take the case of the recent disastrous show in the Bihar assembly election. Instead of the local man, Rahul chose ‘loyalist’ Randeep Surjewala to select party candidates. Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) which was let down by the Congress which could win only 19 out of 70 allotted to it is deeply unhappy. RJD leader and vice president Shivanand Tiwari minced no words when he squarely blamed the Congress ‘star campaigner’ Rahul for the fiasco that robbed the RJD and Mahagathbandhan of the majority mark of 122 by winning only 110. Tiwari said Rahul went on picnic after his ‘tiring campaign’ in Bihar after addressing just six meetings in three days whereas prime minister Modi addressed 12 meetings. However, it will be unfair to blame Rahul alone for the crisis. For very long, the Gandhis have been the superstars of the Congress who have given the party political dividends in the past. However, today the situation has changed in many ways- around ten crore new and young voters which Congress has failed to connect; the rise of Modi-Shah duo who have changed the political narrative; a fading Gandhi charisma amidst an ever expanding BJP while Congress is dwindling. Instead of looking at the road ahead, the Congress suffers from aberration on Modi and some of its top leaders blaming everybody but themselves for the crisis.

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