Gujarat elections: Congress busily coddles Rahul Gandhi and ignores impending election polls


Gujarat is looking at this year’s elections, as we well know, and in all probability, in December. The poll-tied state is not only home to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah, but is also considered the bastion of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and, without fail, a staunch supporter of Hindutva ideology in all practical senses.

With the election fast approaching, when both the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have girded their loins and rolled out the big guns, and the sixty-four dollar question that one astonishingly ponders is, “Where’s Congress?” ?

Gujarat’s Political Scenario and the Missing Congress Party

Gujarat, after the 27-year rule of the BJP, will face a contrasting political struggle beyond the usual struggle between the BJP and the Congress party.

Kejriwal is campaigning from coast to coast, promising freebies in hopes of going along with the so-called ‘anti-established’ wave, as he claims. “An intelligence agency report suggests that the AAP will form the government in Gujarat if elections are held today,” Kejriwal said at a press conference in Rajkot. However, much like the evidence proving the alleged “Rafale Scam”, the Indian National Congress is nowhere to be found.

Hilariously, the supposedly missing Congress party will be the first to accuse others of being the BJP’s “B-Team”. Last year, senior congressional leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary criticized West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, calling her the BJP’s Trojan horse.

Chaudhary noted, “Mamata Banerjee has always tried to bite the hand that fed her. It must be kept out of efforts to unite the opposition. She is the Trojan horse of the BJP, who can never be trusted in the fight against the BJP.”

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Most recently, as Goa, the small coastal state, faced political turmoil over the oversight of Goa’s parliamentary elections, Congress, with dwindling popularity in the state, blatantly accused the Aam Aadmi party of having an undeclared alliance with the BJP.

Currently, the de facto supremo of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, along with the top of the Congress, is working on the much vaunted “Bharat-Jodo Yatra”, the “padayatra” spanning more than 3,500 km across India, from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

Congressional attempt to rejuvenate Gandhi’s surname

The Congress Party is trying to revive Gandhi’s surname, but most importantly, relaunch the haughty Rahul Gandhi as the waiting Prime Minister of India.

The farsighted gamble may be, and hopefully, the preparation for the 2024 general election. This isn’t the first time Congress Party crowned royals have had misguided interests.

Rahul Gandhi’s frequent trips to Thailand and Italy need no explanation. In the most embarrassing act, just after the 26/11 Mumbai massacre, the part-time politician was partying in a lavish farmhouse in Radhey Mohan Chowk on the outskirts of Delhi, at the “sangeet” for Samir Sharma’s wedding, his childhood friend.

“Ashamed of nothing, insulted by everything”

If one were to summarize the philosophy of Congressional politics in one line: “Shamed in vain, insulted by everything.” Most recently, during Maharashtra’s political chaos that resulted in the ousting of the Congress-backed government, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached Mumbai, but only as a pit stop to visit her daughter who had completed an instructor-level diving course in the Maldives.

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That said, the yatra has hardly gained any appeal other than members of the Congress party, apart from the time when the crowned prince decided to wear a $500 Burberry T-shirt during his “padayatra”, intended to please the people of to unite the country.

At the same time, former party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the yatra should be renamed “Congress Jodo Yatra” (Unite Congress Rally). Amid the Bharat Jodo Yatra, there has been much uproar over the Congress party holding elections for the next Congress President.

Unfortunately, better late than never! Ironically, Jawaharlal Nehru handed over the party chairmanship to several others while leading the country as prime minister. This tradition of separating the post of party leader from that of prime minister was continued by the “authoritarian” Indira Gandhi.

However, after the appointment of Sonia Gandhi in 1998, she kept an iron grip on the post for nearly two consecutive decades, before finally choosing the malleable Manmohan Singh as prime minister. Interestingly, even Sonia’s nomination would not qualify as an election necessarily.

However, the funny, much-anticipated election is held after the steadfast rejection of the offer from the silver spoon politician, Rahul Gandhi.

The shrinking big old party

In 2014, the Indian National Congress and its allies ruled 13 states, 9 of which were governed by a Congress-led government. Cut to 2022, Congress has governments in only two states – Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, raising serious questions about his leadership.

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By confining the party’s leadership to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and a disappointing culture of factionalism, the party has lost many young and promising leaders such as Assam’s Prime Minister Himanta Biswa and Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia .

In fact, within just a year, several prominent leaders, including former Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patel, former Gujarat Congress youth president Vishwanath Singh Vaghela, and former Gujarat Youth Congress general secretary Vinay Singh Tomar, resigned, sparking massive unrest within. the Gujarat Congress wing.

That said, the “Bharat Jodo Yatra” carefully cuts out Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, two election-bound states, almost suggesting a sweet surrender. At the current rate of its shrinking political map, India’s great old party will not be able to survive much longer.

Largely disconnected and disconnected from ground reality, “The Grand Old Party” will have to recognize their dwindling presence and accept that opposition leaders are no longer salivating for the major party’s support to fulfill their political ambitions.

Faced with a crisis of survival, the Congress party must focus and recalibrate on their misplaced interests and diving achievements at every election. As the party appears to be entering the final leg of its political journey, the success of the “Bharat-Jodo Yatra” and farcical elections appear to be the party’s last-ditch ploy to achieve political goals.

The author is an independent journalist and columnist. He tweets at @pokharnaprince. The views are personal.

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