Initiating troubleshoot

05/07/2019

‘Haar Kay Aggay Jeet Hai’ seems to be the mantra for Rahul Gandhi, as a part of his troubleshooting process and saving the Congress Party from more debacle, Rahul Gandhi publicly announced his resignation as its president, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha polls debacle, and called for “hard decisions” to rebuild the party and making people accountable for the “failure” of 2019. In a four-page open letter, Gandhi also urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to entrust a group of people with the task of finding a new president as it would not be proper for him to do so. The 49-year-old leader who has been adamant on his decision to quit as party president since May 25, two days after the results in which his party won 52 seats also stressed on the need for the Congress to “radically transform itself”. Opting out of party presidency is Mr Gandhi’s call. But what is disturbing in the note is a reluctance to introspect, candidly, about the reasons for the electoral loss.
He seems to suggest that victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a result of misuse of institutions and tremendous financial resources. It is hard to deny that the election outcome reflected the deep faith a large section of the electorate had in Narendra Modi; the success of his welfare schemes and narrative of nationalism; the inability of the opposition to mount a counter narrative that resonated with citizens and its organisational hollowness and outmoded categories of politics. Narendra Modi and his team have worked tirelessly to win this election and they assured that they leave no stone unturned to win these elections.
Rahul Gandhi succeeded his mother Sonia Gandhi as Congress president in December 2017 and his major success at the helm of the 133 year old party was winning the three state elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh in December last year. Now it will be a wait and watch situation, that if the Congress Party again nominates another from Gandhi Parivaar or any senior party leader for the post of party President. The names of veteran party leaders Sushil Kumar Shinde, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Gehlot are among the probables doing rounds for the position. But, there is no official confirmation about it.

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