After a humiliating defeat in bygone national elections, one might expect the Congress to carry out an introspection to make out what went wrong in their decisions, rectify their mistakes and return on track with full vigor.
But instead the Party was too busy in defending themselves, shielding their image and silencing the voices raised against the Party High command and Rahul Gandhi, whose leadership quality and style of functioning were thoroughly questioned. The Congress did not cross any double digit mark in any state and had failed to achieve even a single seat in seven of the states. Winning just 44 seats, the Party was downed to a position where it can’t be made even the main Opposition Party. In such a pathetic condition, the people responsible should be taking sincere and remedial measures aiming a revamp. In its 130 years of history, the Party had always been able to figure out and resolve issues that came its way due to its level headed leadership. Even A K Antony had warned of the Congress’s deteriorating power and position and hinted of a not so pleasant future if the Congress continued with its sloppy techniques. All these aspects of the Party are reminiscent of a power hungry and autocratic line of Indira Gandhi.
The speculations about bringing Priyanka Gandhi, to the forefront of the Congress have been raised for a while now. While some admires her “natural ability” to connect with people, others see Indira Gandhi in her. But the decision to post Priyanka along with Rahul Gandhi at the forefront once again establishes that the Party is unaware of the ground realities. Priyanka’s role was limited to Amethi and Rae Bareli. Despite hailing from the Nehru family and widespread public acceptance, she had failed to create an impact in both the regions during the general elections. The Priyanka effect got faded away amidst the Modi wave which swept almost all the seats in the national elections. Modi, with his Hindu nationalist views and business friendly policies backed by the RSS and the corporate giants is bent upon transforming India into a Hindu nation.
The charisma as well as the public acceptance of the Congress Party has long gone. It will have to struggle hard and learn from the past mistakes to restore the Party’s secular democratic image. The Party High command and the leaders supporting it are the ones responsible for the current fate of the Congress. The condition in states except Kerala is pathetic. A joint effort from the state levels are much needed for its revival. So the next big thing is to jointly chart out the required strategies and take the right decisions under a leader who is capable of pulling out the Party from the debris and propel it to a position which was once envied by the others, rather than solely depending on Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.