These are very
interesting times in India and Indian politics. Didi and Amma both have another
term in their respective states. Assam and Kerela have new governments in the
form of BJP and LDF respectively and there is no price in guessing what is
common between all these election results.
Congress party that
has ruled(ruled rather than governed ) the country for more than half a century
are now in an embarrassing situation, their situation is similar to that of the
Lannister's they have good comrades but their king
do not understand how to govern.
The Tamil Nadu
people generally elect an anti-incumbent government. Not this time, was it
because of the 2-G corruption label of
the DMK or their inability to name a chief ministerial candidate but their
association with congress did not help the party to defeat the corruption
ridden AIADMK government. In West Bengal Mamata didn’t give anyone a chance so
congress can be happy that they performed better than the general election but
their performance compared to the last state election is still a
disappointment. CPM led left actually won in Kerela where they again defeated
the congress and in Assam it’s a historic win for the BJP.
Congress won the
lowest seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha ever (just a meagre 44). Didn’t win a seat
in the Delhi assembly elections, lost in Maharashtra, only won in Bihar with
little or no influence on the government. This is after ruling the country for
10 years. They have their government just in 5 other states and they had a
scare in Uttarakhand recently.These are pressing time for the oldest party in
India, can they get away from the dynastic politics that is plaguing their
party? It is clear that their so called price Rahul Gandhi has not done
anything substantial for the party, he is all talk about revamping the party
structure and doing something different, he acts like that guy in your project
meeting who says that we have to do something cool and out of the box but has
no knowledge about the subject.
He is single
handedly responsible for collapsing the morale of the party's leaders and
workers who have devoted all their life for congress. He is like ANTI-Dhoni, he
has the ability to bring the worst with his team and give terrible results. It
is high time for the party to do what is right, someone has to be Jamie
Lannister for congress and stab this stupid prince(reference to mad king).
Rahul Gandhi has
become a national joke and with a great corruption record for UPA government he
has done a terrible job at saving the parties grace and countering the
opposition. When he is talks sometimes he seems out of place and sometimes
ridiculously stupid. The media even doesn’t seem to take him seriously either,
which should be a grave concern for the party.
influence of the Gandhi family on the congress party raises certain question,
are they so respected in the party that no one believes that the party can be
led by any other, does the family draws so much power(influence over judiciary
and other government organizations) that everyone is afraid to challenge them
or they have so much money so that they can buy their way out of any coup in
the party, the first one seems the least likely and with the news of stir in
the party it is clear that it is not just because of respect. The other 2
options are really interesting and even with the opposition in power, they
command so much influence. This is something to think about and ponder over.
Nowadays congress is
not even recognized as a credible opposition, the current government faces more
heat from the likes of Kejriwal than the congress party, the party has lost the
ability and will to attack the opposition and their structure is failing, it is
high time that congress does something.
The party might have
it is faults ,it tends to be more populist in policy making rather than
pragmatic and transparent, it is corruption ridden and their politics work on
maintaining the divide in the country, but still it is the only secular
alternative in the country. For this very reason they cannot be decimated . The
return of the mummies indicates high time for this old party to think and
reinvent itself and participate in constructive dialogue in the democracy and
present themselves as credible nemesis and alternative to right government led
by the BJP. If this doesn’t happen the right wing will become bolder and bolder
in their social professing and start enforcing their thoughts. Which in itself
creates a scary picture for the country. Don’t get me wrong I want the right
government to be in power and work on their economic policy. A strong
opposition will make sure that they concentrate more on economy and development
and suppress their extreme wing thought.
Congress party needs
an uprising, they need someone to challenge the status quo, they need a
Narendra Modi to change the party and modernize its working and start
connecting to the people of the country again. It is certain that Rahul Gandhi
is not the Azar Ahai that was promised, they need to introspect and save the
party, if not for the benefit of the nation but their own benefit.