he oldest political entity in the country or to conclude that the BJP | MP CM KAMAL NATH |
It might be highly premature to say this is the end of the Congress party as the oldest political entity in the country or to conclude that the BJP is here to Rule at the Centre for the next three to four decades. Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's wish for a "Congress -must Bharat (congress -free India)" is unlikely to materialize anytime soon. There is no doubt that the Congress, which was at the forefront of the freedom struggle, finds itself some shear redundant, having finished as an also-ran in the last two general elections.
|MP CM KAMAL NATH|
What is even more crushing is that in both these general election, the party which ruled this nation for an interminably long period has failed to bag even one-tenth of the strength of the 543-member Lok Sabha, the number required for a party to be the leader of the opposition in the House. However, it has marginally Improved its standing going up to 52 seats from 44in 2014.
Be that as it may, the Congress finds itself at a crossroads and facing a crisis with party president Rahul Gandhi opting to step down, insisting his resignation be accepted. Now, the party finds itself in a knotty situation. To compound matters, the continuing vacuum in the party 'top leadership has fuelled division and infighting In state units even though Rahul Gandhi's resignation has been rejected by the Congress Working Committee(cwc).
The question is why is Rahul reluctant to be numerous of the grand old party? Is he worried about hurting his image and that of the Nehru -Gandhi if he fails to turn around the fortunes of the Congress and its disillusioned workers? It is no easy matter, considering that politics has become a tough,24X7 job, requiring constant innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. The party won three assembly elections In Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh at the end of last year. its win in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan was narrow and there are murmurs of these two state governments feeling insecure in the short to medium term, leave alone completing their five -year terms.
It is no secret that the party organization is in a shambles and its disillusioned workers need to be enthused and galvanized. For now, the party is in limbo, lacking a Captain who can steady and steer the ship along with infusing confidence in the rank -,and-file.The culture of the all-powerful party high command calling the shots and parachuting its image, causing the party to lose leaders with mass appeal, particularly in those states which have been Congress mainstays in the past. In Telangana, a dozen Congress legislators have defected to the Telugu Rashtra Samithi. while Punjab is witnessing the high; Captain Amarinder Singh head -on the Sachin Pilot faction in Rajasthan is targeting chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the party 's rout in the state in the recent Lok Sabha elections. In Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiradity Scindia loyalists want him to be the Jyotiradity Scindia loyalists want him to be the Jyotiradity Scindia loyalists want him to be the Pradesh Congress Committee chief in place of chief Minister Kamal Nath.
The party 's problems seem to be mounting with each passing day, as Rahul remains adamant about not wanting to be the party president. Simultaneously, the heads of several state units like Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Assam, among others, have tendered their resignation to enable the party president to undertake a rejig.
In such an atmosphere of ambiguity, Congressman is worried about the directionless situation arising, with the possibility of the Gandhi family ceasing to be the glue that knits the party together. Senior Congressman emphasize the Gandhis have always been a unifying factor and it will be hard for others to fill