Congress in comatose state

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/24/2020 1:33:41 PM IST

 There have been more write ups, discussions and speculations over the state that India’s oldest party-the Congress- finds itself today, then on how it is dealing with various issues. This is because the grand old party is still grappling with throwing up a viable alternative leaders while the top hierarchy do not seem to be on the same page over various matters that has deprived the party of a directional leadership. The thrashing on two consecutive Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 2019 has only worsened the crisis. Of course, winning or losing is part of politics but for the Congress, whose leaders have been too used to being in power for several decades, being out of power is definitely taking its toll. Unfortunately, the party leadership appears to be in a comatose state and the courtiers expected to remain passively loyal and sycophantic. Many leaders in the Congress party are witnessing time flying away and realise that if this goes on then the remainder of their political careers are going to waste, since the Congress is unable to come out of a deep coma. Several veteran leaders have written a letter to Sonia Gandhi, demanding a full-time leadership at all levels, thereby simply saying that the Gandhi family is not giving its best to the party. They have also demanded elections to the Congress Working Committee, a way of saying they want a non-Gandhi. It may be recalled that former party spokesperson Sanjay Jha had written about the similar issues but was immediately sacked from his position and his party membership suspended. The latest development that has shaken the party is a letter by 23 senior leaders and heavyweights who have echoed the same sentiments. If the Congress feels pulled apart in two directions, the root of this dispute may well be tied to the Gandhi family itself. Sonia Gandhi remains the reluctant chief who was compelled to take the job. Even her son and heir apparent Rahul Gandhi has not proved his mettle as a politician who could lead the party. Rahul resigned following the second electoral drubbing in 2019 and has been sulking. Sonia had to take back the job but as interim president despite her health issues. According to a recent write up, the problem is not as much between the old guard (Ahmed Patel, Gehlot, Kamal Nath) versus new guard (Rahul brigade) but within the Gandhi family. Rahul wanted to put in some young leaders in positions (Jyotiraditya in Madhya Pradesh, Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan) but Sonia shot down the plans. According to the write up, Rahul felt it was no use being president if he could not have his way. Thus, his sulk from being active in party meetings and decision making. When Rahul Gandhi resigned as party president he indicated that a non-Gandhi should be chosen for the post. This was his way of sending a message on whether Congress could be run without the Gandhis. Sonia vetoed Rahul and became interim president and this will remain. According to observers, Rahul feels stifled by his mother. Sonia is a status quoits while Rahul wants to experiment and be allowed to fail and learn. The Congress can only come out of its present comatose state if the family comes down from its ivory tower and learns to listen to saner voices within instead of punishing those who dare to differ. 

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