Examination: Jharkhand victory revives “bring again Rahul Gandhi project”


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with his sister and party’s general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a silent dharna protest in New Delhi.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi with his sister and party’s normal secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a silent dharna protest in New Delhi.
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Shiv Kumar Pushpakar


But a section within just the party privately query Mr. Gandhi’s political regularity

As the Congress occasion became element of still an additional State authorities with theJharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal alliancewinning Jharkhand, a area of the Congress workers stepped up their demand to convey again Rahul Gandhi as their president.

At the Congress satyagraha against the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) and the proposed country-broad Nationwide Register of Citizens (NRC), get together normal secretary K.C. Venugopal, acknowledged to be one of the closest aides of Mr. Gandhi, pointed out how the previous president was the “only leader” who had pretty much singlehandedly taken on Primary Minister Narendra Modi and his governing administration.

“He is the chief who is battling versus the anti-men and women authorities bravely. The governing administration has submitted sixteen conditions in opposition toRahul Gandhiji for talking the fact,” stated Mr. Venugopal who seemed to have conflated the defamation conditions filed by BJP employees towards his leader with the Union federal government.

But his remarks seem to be portion of a narrative to relaunch Mr. Gandhi because his mom and party president Sonia Gandhi had agreed only to be the interim chief.

Nevertheless Ms. Gandhi is unquestionably the most acceptable chief to just about every portion of the party, she is reported to be unwilling to direct it over health fears.

Even in thethe latest Jharkhand elections, Ms. Gandhi did not campaign at all for the alliance and it was still left to her son and daughter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The widespread refrain between a number of is that she might not be ready to aggressively lead the party’s revival work and anyone young should really be remaining for the task.

That is why a segment of the social gathering leaders like Mr. Venugopal and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel amid other folks have started off the provide back Rahul Gandhi task.

Even the December 14 rally of the social gathering at the Ram Lila Maidan was a clear pointer of this undertaking. From giant reduce-outs toMr. Gandhi’s speech getting the centrepiece, it was distinct that the Congress is now preparing ground for him to come again to choose on the government.

But there is also a part within the social gathering that is apprehensive. They not only believe that that Ms. Gandhi is their blessed mascot — they cite superior than expected results in Haryana, Maharashtra and now Jharkhand just after the Lok Sabha rout but also privately concern Mr. Gandhi’s political consistency and the rigidity concerning Outdated and Youthful Guard of the get together.

Different sections of the party performing at cross applications, if not deliberate sabotage, was all far too obvious when Mr. Gandhi was at the helm of social gathering affairs.

As the Congress occasion deliberates upon a management change, it ought to additional sincerely comply with what it criticises the BJP authorities of not practising sincerely: “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas aur Sabka Vishwaas”or get absolutely everyone along, ensure everyone’s progress and get paid everyone’s believe in.

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