October 19, 2020

On Unsuitable Aspect of Gandhis, What Route Will These Congress Leaders Choose?



Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (Reuters File)

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi (Reuters File)

By the point the Lok Sabha elections are due in 2024, the Ram temple will probably be accomplished, which implies a close to sweep in UP. The financial system could possibly be again on monitor, so the opposite possible concern for the Congress could find yourself in a whimper.

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A well-known dialogue from yesteryear’s villain Ajit goes like this: “Robert, ise liquid oxygen mein daal do. Liquid ise jeene nahin dega, oxygen ise marne nahin dega! (Robert, immerse him in liquid oxygen. The liquid won’t let him keep alive, and the oxygen will not let him die.)”

A number of Congress leaders are at the moment experiencing an analogous plight. A couple of of them are MPs and are taking a look at a not-so-bright future. They are saying it’s powerful to depart the get together now, more durable to affix the BJP, they usually that do not know of another different.


A lot of the leaders Information18.com spoke to, predictably, don’t need to be quoted. Nonetheless, a standard thread was their fear that given the slide within the get together and the Teflon-like reputation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, profitable the subsequent Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket might not be possible. By 2024 when the subsequent elections are due, the development of the Ram temple in Ayodhya could have been accomplished, which implies a near-sweep in Uttar Pradesh from the place a bulk of MPs come. The financial system could possibly be again on monitor; so the opposite concern that the Congress may use to seize individuals’s anger may find yourself in a whimper.

Information18.com did a examine of a number of the Congress leaders caught in a quagmire.

Jitin Prasada, as soon as a favorite of the Gandhis, has gone down below. He’s additionally amongst those that wrote the ‘dissent letter’, which places him within the group which may be not noted within the chilly. Prasada is now carving out his personal area of interest by floating the Brahman Samaj Paridhan, eyeing the 12% Brahmin votes in UP.

Prasada’s disengagement from the Congress started when he did not comply with contest from Lucknow — Priyanka Gandhi was eager to see him contest from right here. His future appears unsure, and so he signed the letter. With newer individuals like Aradhana Mishra and Ajay Kumar Lallu racing forward, Prasada could also be compelled to search for choices. With the BSP, SP and BJP not on his listing, his solely hope is the Brahmin card, which if it pays off could assist him regain some relevance that the Congress is unlikely to do for him.

Milind Deora: One in all Rahul Gandhi’s shut crew members, who travelled with him throughout his visits overseas as a part of his reach-out crew for the NRIs. Deora is now not noted and after his resignation as Mumbai chief, he appears to be nowhere. Opposite to hypothesis, Deora didn’t contest on a BJP ticket and caught to his get together. However what lies forward? It’s just about darkish. The NCP and Shiv Sena are choices however the former itself is going through a family turmoil and can discover it tough to accommodate him. Deora shares good ties with all events and if he’s eager to contest in 2024, he could have a number of choices.

Karti Chidambaram: Whereas he has made his Lok Sabha debut, it’s unsure whether or not his father’s goodwill in Sivaganga would work in 2024. Successful from the Congress could also be powerful however transferring over to DMK, BJP or AIADMK aren’t any choices both. The Congress has barely any footprint left within the south and the message from the BJP to most regional events is — in case you are not with us, it’s okay, however you possibly can’t be seen with the Congress both. The issue for the Congress is it’s operating out of allies that fits the BJP because it brings it nearer to a Congress-mukt Bharat .

The listing is lengthy. However a technique being thought-about by some is being head of a celebration that has no presence of their state however presents them a platform for his or her political future. For instance, if the Trinamool opens a Tamil Nadu or a UP chapter, it may give house to each Chidambaram and Prasada. However the situation is that these leaders must show their mettle, in order that whichever get together they contest from doesn’t matter.

For example, after the “hawala” controversy, Madhavrao Scindia contested on a Madhya Pradesh Vikas Congress ticket and beat the Congress candidate. However these have been previous days. Not many leaders who’re stressed and disgruntled might be able to pull this off. However politics is about taking probabilities and giving it a shot. And with the Congress not trying as the perfect guess, many are trying round.