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| 14 August, 2020, 05:11 PM IST | E-Paper
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ET View: Congress dumps Rahul Gandhi

Synopsis

Sonia Gandhi values counsel, and patient survival informs her action, rather than impetuous entitlement.

No Gandhi to follow him, said Rahul. You don’t decide that, said the CWC.
Sonia Gandhi’s election as Congress interim president signals defeat of Rahul Gandhi’s attempt to retain control of the party by appointing a pliant nominee as president, even as he occupies a higher ground, free from the pollution of dynasty and filled with the lush greenery of moral responsibility for failure, in whose thicket no one would hopefully notice his occasional bouts of absence from the country.

Sonia Gandhi values counsel, and patient survival informs her action, rather than impetuous entitlement. This means that the Congress Old Guard have regained control of the party, after Rahul Gandhi took it over and made a hash of things. Navjyot Singh Sidhu and Alpesh Thakore, Rahul’s blue-eyed boys, have quit, and other Rahul favourites have demonstrated their innocence of Congress history or values in their public reactions to the scrapping of Article 370.

Yet, Rahul Gandhi tried to manipulate the process of choosing his successor by proposing wider consultations within the party, with leaders whom he had appointed, before the CWC took a final call. This has been rejected. No Gandhi to follow him, said Rahul. You don’t decide that, said the CWC. It appointed Sonia Gandhi as interim president with indefinite tenure to shut Rahul Gandhi up. Why did Sonia play along? In the hope that some Gandhi stands a chance of regaining leadership of the party, somewhere down the line, probably.

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23 Comments on this Story

allseethru1 360 days ago
khangress is kaput.
Vijayan Paliath368 days ago
There is little hope for the Congress. While the citizens are growing nationalistic under the influence of the BJP, the Congress is shooting itself in the foot with its reflex action of criticising every move of the BJP. Unless the leadership rid itself of the anti-BJP reaction, it will end up like Pakistan and its anti-India reflex actions. A complete basket case.
Narendra M. Apte368 days ago
1. Smt Sonia Gandhi has become an ‘interim President of the Congress party. Hopefully, Congress party will have a new ‘regular’ President in near future. 2. Though the party is preparing to regain its rightful place in our polity my question is this: would other two Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, be members of new the Congress Working Committee (CWC), and if both of them become CWC members, what kind of role will they play in the new scenario? 3. Incidental observations: (a) Congress leaders have failed to understand why RSS has been able to survive and grow during last 90 years. (b) Who in the Congress party can make efforts to win back the huge number of citizen-voters who have moved to BJP and have reposed faith in PM Narendra Modi? (c) Would leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shashi Tharoor be assigned job of redrawing making a strategic plan for the Congress party including a plan to fight RSS ideology? (d) Would the Congress return to left of the centre approach to regain lost ground? (e) What would be the party’s economic agenda, plan for creating jobs and revival of economy?