Khaali Haath

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/18/2020 11:56:07 AM IST

 Sonia Gandhi who is described as ‘interim president’ of the All India Congress Committee(AICC) has been compelled to return from forced retirement to head the grand old party of Indian politics that ruled the country for almost six decades, after he son Rahul quit in a huff following his disastrous attempt to bring the party to power. The present Congress is the family party formed by Indira Gandhi after she split with the veteran in 1969. She won the 1972 elections with a massive mandate. Later the Congress(R) became  Congress(Indira) after Indira’s spectacular electoral victory in 1980. Subsequently all the Congress factions ultimately merged with the Congress(I) and it. In 1981 the national election commission declared it the “real” Indian National Congress and by 1996 the “I” designation was dropped and the party reclaimed itself as the original Congress. After the Congress managed to win spectacular victories in 2004 and 2009 heading the UPA-I & II, it has been on downslide since 2014. There are as many issues plaguing the nation like demonetisation, faulty GST,giving parliamentary practises a go-by where house panels today are no longer in the ruling party’s lexicon. Instead of playing its role as a viable opposition, the Congress appears to be more detached from reality. The Congress suffers from power-hangover as it has been in power for too long mainly because there was no viable opposition, except the brief period during the anti-Emergency days where the Janata Party(1977-79) inspired by Jaya Prakash Narayan which emerged out of necessity than on ideology. With no opposition to take it on, the Congress became a leader-based party instead of a cadre-based party. And as victory has many friends, the party became a one-family ruled party, organisational elections were never held sounding the death knell of party organisation at grass root level. The dedicated workers of the party gradually became disenchanted with the party and disintegrated. Both Sonia and Rahul have inherited a party of generals without soldiers. The mother-son-duo are managing instead of resurrecting the sinking Congress ship. Today, the Congress has reached a stage where it is made to swallow its pride that in order to remain relevant in national politics, it has to ride piggy back on small regional parties. The greatness of any leader is tested in times of adverse circumstances. In that Rahul, the inheritor of the family party continues to be a non-starter and at times, exposing how woefully out of place he is in the changed and demanding political environment. Lack of a clear directive from the brass has not only put the party in an embarrassing situation in Parliament but also exposed the fact that the Congress has no coherent stand on any particular issue. India has changed much after 2014 and that continues. The nation needs a strong and inspiring opposition leader to take on Modi but unfortunately, Rahul has not shown he is a good learner. Instead of diagnosing the problem, there is another bizarre prescription- bring on Priyanka to resurrect the family party. She may be a much better orator and crowd puller but unless there is a well organised party, it will turn out to be an exercise of building castle in the air and the Haath will indeed go Khaali.

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