National to regional

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/9/2019 12:37:42 PM IST

 For the 133-year old Indian National Congress which was formed on December 28,1885 under A.O.Hume a retired British officer, the passing of the baton appears to have run aground after the second disastrous electoral drubbing at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. After the decimation in the 2014 Lok Sabha election when its tally from 203 seats crashed to 44 seats, problems for the Congress mounted, putting huge pressure on Rahul who took over form Sonia. Rahul had also led the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha election where the party was humiliated but that did not make Rahul take serious note. He did not learn the lesson and the big writing on the wall, that people wanted a strong leader. Instead of revamping the party structure from top to down, Rahul instead played safe by appeasing various lobbies. This was a recipe for a worst disaster that was coming and it did in 2019. He surrounded himself with advisers who were more at home in their comfortable drawing rooms and bringing out brilliant ideas that did not resonate with the common people. Rahul did not fit with the present demands because nothing was demanded of him to be the heir to the party throne. His biggest weakness was that he lacked hunger for power and never attempted to have an upper hand within the grand old party. As a politician who led the party, he was politically immature and did not realise what it demanded of him to be the party chief as well as the party’s expectation of being its prime ministerial contender. He chose instead to believe that attacking Modi ( ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan ) was the best strategy but did not pitch himself as the alternative. His close advisers had failed in 2014 but yet Rahul persisted with the same bunch of dreamers whom he depended upon because he was unable to decipher the political environment. Rahul spoke with lesser conviction about economy, poverty, joblessness and agrarian crisis than against Modi with the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan. Similarly, the Congress idea of NYAY scheme may have been excellent as voters love transactional relationship, but it never reached the people it was supposed to court because the party failed to convince. This is because Congress could not connect because there were too many cooks. It could also not finales its poll strategy and in the end it was too late. This showed that Rahul was never in control and could not over ride differences. His team consisted of young versus old which instead, turned the Congress war room at 15 Gurudwara Rakabgunj Road to dysfunctional platform. With the Congress without a head and Rahul refusing to take back his resignation, the immediate future for the Congress looks very bleak. Even while resigning, Rahul proved he lacked maturity and acting whimsically. Even if he was determined to go, Rahul should have at least ensured a smooth transition so that the decimated and demoralised Congress did not have to suffer another mortal blow. Many have resigned and left and even the fates of the Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and coalition in Karnataka are under cloud. This is the dismal picture of India’s oldest political party which is reduced from a national to a regional party.

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