The Congress Working Committee assembly paid tribute two veterans final week, Tarun Gogoi and Ahmed Patel, each who succumbed to Covid-19-related problems. Nevertheless it’s the tribute paid to Ahmed Patel that stands out, and which has a telling significance on the get together’s future politics.
The CWC stated, “Shri Patel’s single contribution was his distinctive capability to reconcile competing aspirations and forge unity and comradeship among the many leaders and members of the get together. Ahmed bhai had no private ambition. The curiosity of the Congress was his solely curiosity.”
And that is what might be the start of the change within the get together’s future politics. The get together instantly appointed former minister Pawan Kumar Bansal because the treasurer of the AICC, a put up additionally held by Ahmed Patel.
Alternative could seem shocking however then the job of a treasurer can be to make sure that get together funds are saved floating and coming. Not many leaders can muster the braveness to name up Congress chief ministers and ask them to contribute. Not many can even resolve how a lot ought to be spent and the place.
Pawan Bansal is low profile however clearly enjoys the belief of the Gandhis on cash issues. However would the highly effective chief ministers be as able to shell out funds as they did with Patel, shall be Bansal’s largest problem.
However the demise of Ahmed Patel could have extra necessary ramifications throughout the get together. Many are talking concerning the search for a alternative for Ahmed Patel. The query is ‘will Rahul’s Congress need one’? It is an open incontrovertible fact that the a lot of the tug-of-war throughout the Congress in the previous couple of years was additionally a noora kushti between the outdated veterans who had the protect of Ahmed Patel on one aspect and the youthful members of ‘Staff Rahul’ who felt the seniors would by no means allow them to develop or assert themselves.
Rajasthan being a latest instance, Ashok Gehlot had the assist of Ahmed Patel, and his combat towards Sachin Pilot was additionally seen the combat between the outdated and the younger. It is also a incontrovertible fact that not many in ‘Staff Rahul’ have been snug or had the join with Patel.
Rahul Gandhi’s battle throughout the Congress was additionally a battle he had with Ahmed Patel and that relations between them have been at occasions frosty was a well-known reality. Ahmed Patel by no means loved the identical camaraderie with Rahul Gandhi as he did along with his mom Sonia, and it often confirmed up.
On the CWC assembly after the Lok Sabha outcomes of 2014, Gandhi brazenly accused the seniors of not siding along with his slogan of “chowkidar chor hai”. Gandhi requested what number of of you possibly can put up your hand and say you have been with me? Not many fingers went up, some seniors folded their arms across the chest. Some who got here out stated we weren’t even requested earlier than this slogan was coined.
Some younger ones who have been near Rahul Gandhi stated, “When your individual seniors do not assist you, how do you anticipate the slogan to seize the thoughts of the voters? We really feel let down by the seniors.” And inevitable it was, Ahmed bhai was seen as because the chief of the pack. More and more, selections started to be taken with out maintaining Patel within the loop.
He would usually be the final to know and his home turned the assembly place of many disgruntled leaders. However every time Ahmed Patel rose above the event to indicate that the get together mattered extra and never his private equations. This was evident with the CWC being referred to as over the letter of ‘the group of 23’. So long as the disaster hit the Congress, or when authorities formation turned a important difficulty as in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, Ahmed Patel could not be fully changed. Sonia Gandhi trusted him, and due to this fact, the youngsters too needed to settle for that Ahmed bhai‘s knowledge irreplaceable.
Regardless of this, the hole between Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel more and more turned too broad to bridge. So put up Patel what might occur? There may be unlikely to be one Ahmed Patel if Rahul Gandhi takes over because the president.
A staff shall be aiding him and aiding him. However extra importantly, the hassle of the younger ‘Staff Rahul’ to ease out the outdated guard led by Ahmed Patel shall be a process, which is prone to be fulfilled. The seniors are clearly a nervous lot and with no Ahmed bhai round, their time is clearly up. And it is no coincidence that a lot of the letter writers are veterans and are unlikely to be seen kindly by Rahul’s Congress.
The CWC tribute to Ahmed Patel hailing him as having no private ambition is precisely the message to the remainder of the Congress — that whereas Ahmed Patel could have been distanced and never loved the identical rapport with ‘Staff Rahul’, this high quality of him is what shall be anticipated of those that take cost now. In demise lastly, Ahmed Patel has settled the problem of the facility battle within the Congress. The ‘Ahmed Patel period’ is over. Lastly, the era hole has been bridged and it is time the youthful ones to take cost.