Congress must make amends: NCP

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

Former JD (U) president Sharad Yadav - now on a tour of Bihar - has already come out in open criticism of Kumar's decision to change horses mid-way to align with the saffron party. It is a continuing contest that need not be won every time. Youngsters from across the country are calling me up and are excited to join the Congress.

This can become a malady: Because once the nation sleep walks into into this "good governance" trap, the masses are also lulled into believing that a single party's political domination is a must to fix our myriad problems. This is the level to which the Vice President of the Congress Party is reduced to.

In the recently concluded Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel's grand victory against hard odds had all the ingredients-intrigue, deceit, allurement, persuasion, coerciveness, suspense, strategy and much more-that make politics to be such a riveting and compelling game. He quit. He said that Congress High Command wanted your defeat in the Rajya Sabha election.

It was rather a game of blind man's bluff in which both the mainstream parties were feeling equally spooked.

Many political analysts have likened the Gujarat elections to the stunning victory of Indira Gandhi in the Chikmagalur Lok Sabha byelection in 1978, which marked the return of the Congress on the national stage.

What came as a pleasant surprise in the political cliffhanger was the daring with which Congress stalwarts like P Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad closed ranks and scrambled to redeem their lost political space, which they have over the years ceded to the Rahul brigade.

"Kumar's move violates the Bihar mandate of 2015, which was to keep the BJP out of power", Yadav said at a roadside rally near Patna on Thursday. The BJP also intimidated them. In 2017, the Congress and Mrs Sonia Gandhi is facing a bad time.

After all the drama that unfolded on the day of the election, the exhausted MLAs, who kept awake all night for EC's verdict and the final results, were again taken to the same Bengaluru resort for relaxation. The Congress is all set to give the BJP a fitting reply.

The senior leadership of the Congress should henceforth concentrate on the party's 2019 Parliamentary poll blue-print and hand over the state polls to younger functionaries wanting to make their mark.

Even if it is baseless, the fact remains that the Congress is unorganized. Most of the political baggage that the BJP lugs around with such chivalrous enthusiasm carries the imprint of the Congress.

The author is a former editor of The Free Press Journal.

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