Letter bomb implodes

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/29/2020 12:29:15 PM IST

 Much has been written about the letter bomb authored by 23 senior Congress leaders to their party chief Sonia Gandhi demanding organisational elections and a permanent president who is active and visible. Unfortunately the party’s highest decision making forum, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), quite expectedly brushed contents under the carpet of sycophancy and instead, targeted the letter writers. The outcome of the CWC meeting on August 10 was said to have been scripted by the Gandhi siblings and their advisors. It was Rahul’s handpicked AICC general secretary in charge of the organisation, KC Venugopal, who coordinated the meeting and decided on who all should be allowed to speak. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was one of the signatories to the letter of “dissent”, has said that the party is at the “historic low” and will continue to sit in the opposition for the “next 50 years” if elections to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and key organisational posts are not held. After the devastating losses in 2014 and 2019, the Congress has also been losing key states and today is in power in only six(after losing Madhya Pradesh to the BJP)- Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan while as in coalition in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Puducherry. While the Gandhi family remains the ‘stars’ of the Congress; yet they are unable to win votes. With no organisational elections in states and the CWC, the party’s high command, made up of loyalists, has lost touch with reality on the ground. The other is that no one in the Congress dares to openly differ with the Gandhis and attract the ire of loyalists. The letter writers have said what has been aired and written in the media over several years. The delusion of past grandeur has blinded the Congress from seeing the monumental changes taking place in politics. Foremost is the Gandhi family’s eagerness to re-install Rahul as party chief, where he is already functioning as the de facto decision-maker. Therefore, it is either Rahul or no one and an ailing Sonia only has to wait for the time when the heir apparent finally accepts the leadership mantle. However, Rahul Gandhi is not born a politician nor has learnt much to lead such a party. Rahul’s strategy for the party appears to be to attack Modi. Worse, in comparison with Modi, Rahul is a poor articulator and his messages have been reduced to banter. The BJP has better inside information on the Congress whereas the latter is woefully in the dark about the former. The problem-ridden Congress is no longer a threat to BJP. The 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections have exposed these flaws which have led to the party’s debacles. His obsession for Modi has not benefitted the party politically but only diverted attention from various issues. In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP alone has 85 seats as against the Congress’ 40. The NDA is barely a dozen short of majority in the upper house but it will soon achieve it. Majority in both houses will certainly make several key Congress leaders about crossing over. After all, they know that being where they are will be the end of their political careers and perhaps some of the 23 writers have given that hint.

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