Your Cover Story “Congress suffers leadership crisis” and Editorial “Congress can’t form Govt solely on its own” (March 27)” clearly shows that the Congress is surely losing its power base across the country and for good reason. The results in different states are a lesson for the Congress Party; it is on a steady decline in the country’s political arena. The decline and fall of the Congress is an arresting story written time and again; but this time the party is at the nadir of its influence in national politics. Congress’s failure to project a suitable chief ministerial candidate in most of the elections must have harmed its prospects. The Congress’ revival pivots on its ability to address its crisis of credibility, encouraging State leaders, and functioning as a vigorous Opposition in Parliament. Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Congress, is an empty vessel as he has shown no understanding of any issues and depends on his coattail hangers to provide sound bites to media. The discarded and shamed politicians are being re-inducted into the party and given important positions of authority.
60 years of the Nehru Gandhi dynasty has been a curse for Mother India, they have spread, nepotism, apathy, and corruption across India. In the last 70 years, those who have misused the laws and Constitution have mired the country in corruption. Modi has rightly said that the Congress always tried to promote the contribution of one family — a reference to the Gandhis — and neglected contributions of Veer Savarkar, even Bhagat Singh. It is not so as there are a lot of people who gave their lives during the independence struggle. On ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’, BJP is making a deeper dent. India is completely changed in the last 15 years and the new generation wants development and an aggressive bold-minded leader like Modi. It is clear that Rahul Gandhi’s hurdles in Congress are his inexperience and his inaccessibility. His image is also an aloof one. He doesn’t feel that he has to have his own mouthpiece website and mobile application to make himself more accessible to people. Rahul Gandhi has different plans in mind but it does not work. Why? He may seem extremely well-intentioned but does that translate to an effectual administrator and visionary leader? History and statistics show that a ‘dying party’ can resurrect itself. The Congress party has been suffering from a leadership crisis, with Rahul Gandhi widely seen as a failure, indifferent, and incompetent. Launching Priyanka is the party’s last and desperate gamble. Priyanka is the most meritorious in her generation of Gandhis. Priyanka’s arrival will no doubt bound to eclipse Rahul Gandhi, and possibly give the Congress party an image makeover. Priyanka Gandhi could then take the mantle of the party and lead the battle from the front in a long-drawn political fight. Widely seen as the Congress party’s trump card, Priyanka Gandhi is the only option for Congress to make her party’s face in the Uttar Pradesh elections. In politics, ultimately public perception matters. Don’t we think that Sonia and Rahul should focus only on the welfare of People in the Congress Controlled States and stop focusing on Modi?
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)