If we go by the successive poll debacles of congress and something that is predicted in the upcoming state elections as well then it could mean that the ‘grand old’ party of India is marching close to BJP’s slogan of ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’. But what is worse is the fact that a whisper campaign has begun within the party for ‘Rahul Mukt Bharat’.
Congress’ defeat in the general elections -2014 was worst ever in the history of Independent democracy. Successive dubbings in the state assembly elections followed that and now Congress is at a historic low. Completely off the track, Congress is virtually on the verge of drowning. Once a powerhouse of politics, the flame of 130 odd years old Congress may soon extinguish.
In 2014, Congress received the historic drubbing the 16th Lok Sabha election as it sent less than 50 MP’s to parliament. After the worst ever defeat at the centre, losing state election one after another has sent the grand old party into deep muddle. After Lok Sabha elections, Congress has lost five assembly election – Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Assam & Kerala. The next two years appears to be even tougher for Congress because of changing the status quo seems upheavel task in the states where elections are due next – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Facing severe leadership crisis, Congress workers are hoping for a rejuvenation but it seems a magical act, at this juncture. It’s high time senior leaders act seriously and start playing the role of a genuine national opposition party. Rahul Gandhi’s off hand cameos are proving to be too ineffective for the party.
Congress must ask itself if it still believes in having a strategic blueprint in place? If yes, then who would do the job? Rahul Gandhi might have pinned high hopes on Prashant Kishor for upcoming elections in Punjab and UP but even an ordinary Congress worker knows that the issues are far too serious to be resolved by an election strategist like Prashant.
In this jet age no profession allows you the luxury of time to prove yourself but politics is a different ball game all together. In politics, it takes years for a leader to understand the nuances and establish connect with target group. But in case of Rahul, even after more than a decade into active politics, India’s most famous political scion shows no signs of formidable leader.
A large section of media and political experts might have written him off but those close to him say he has the grit, determination and believe that he can do it. But a large section of Congress leaders are vocal against Rahul’s leadership and want him to step down. In midst of all the chaos, status quo is upheld in leadership and many Congressmen with vested interests want status quo to be maintained.