Editorial

Nadir of dynasty

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/12/2020 1:20:36 PM IST

 To suggest that Congress is in existential crisis is too mild a term as the ‘grand old party’ is now actually left with a battle to survive as a national alternative while it watches Rajasthan slipping out of its fold. After losing its coalition government in Karnataka in July 2019 followed by the collapse of its Madhya Pradesh government headed by Kamal Nath in mid-March this year, Congress is now with only Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Maharashtra (as part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi), and the union territory of Puducherry (in an alliance with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam). For the BJP it is two down and more to go while for the Congress, the end may be nearer than ever in Chhattisgarh. In Karnataka as well as in Madhya Pradesh, it the Congress high command failed to realise that its legislators were constantly bickering and attacking each other. Instead of blaming BJP for doing what the latter has been unabashedly doing; the Congress should admit that its worst enemies are from within. Congress legislators in states where the party has been toppled from power, have been at loggerheads with their own government or leaders. They have also shown a great inclination to allurements thrown by the other side. In the current Rajasthan crisis, the tussle between chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot has crossed beyond reconciliation. The frosty ties between the two are common knowledge ever since the Congress returned to power in Rajasthan in December 2018. Pilot resented the decision taken by then party president Rahul Gandhi to anoint Gehlot as the CM; his claim that after he took of the state PCC, he revived and revamped the party after it was wiped out in the state by the BJP during the 2013 assembly polls and the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Pilot rightly felt he was being marginalised when he was given insignificant portfolios and also largely ignored by the bureaucracy. Sources the tipping point for Pilot was the probe ordered by Rajasthan police into ‘poaching’ of Congress MLAs and a notice sent to him to record his statement. It is most likely that like in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, MLAs loyal to Pilot will resign if they cannot split the party and later re-contest as BJP candidates. Even as early as early as March this year, a section of the Congress warned that , attempts to dislodge Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh governments would be made in addition to engineering a split in the Congress. Was the Congress high command or for that matter, the Gandhis listening then? Unfortunately, the family has lost the plot and today, there is widespread disillusionment about the lack of clarity and leadership in the party. Instead of correcting the drift, the party is helpless by Rahul’s penchant for functioning as a Lone Wolf, Priyanka’s fading charisma and Sonia Gandhi’s obsession to reinstall her son as party president. To make matters worse, the family is now under the radar of the Modi and Shah duo who have decided to shed their gloves and close the chapter of the 135-year old party that had spearheaded Indian independence movement. The Modi government has put the Gandhis on notice with the announcement of an inter-ministerial probe into three family-held trusts. They follow a long list of Congress politicians under probe by either CBI or Enforcement Directorate for alleged offences. Many have joined BJP to escape harassements.

 

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