- Guest editorial
– Alok Jagdhari
It’s no news. There is a serious ongoing tussle in the INC between the Rahul Gandhi led young brigade and the G-23.
The rift in the Congress between the dissenting leaders and Rahul Gandhi is out in the open after the solidarity show of Ghulam Nabi Azad in Jammu. The party is at crossroads and will have to make the choice — either pacify the dissenters or decide to go ahead without them.
The level of confrontation, particularly after Azad’s show, indicates that the path for Rahul Gandhi is getting tougher within the party apparatus.
Sources say that dissenters are planning a public meeting in Kurukshetra after the Jammu event and hold meetings at non-political platforms across the country to galvanize support from the Congress workers and leaders.
While the Congress dissenters have taken a path of confrontation, it would be tough to stop more people from joining them as they plan to organize more such meetings.The clear indication is that it is open revolt against Rahul Gandhi, said sources
Sources within the camp also said that after the 2019 General Elections the leaders did whatever they were asked to do but in the Bihar elections they were ignored and not invited in campaigning or the consultation process.
Anand Sharma, who is most vocal among the dissenters had said that they are “not tenants but co-owners” of the party and many in the camp insist they are not going to leave the party.
He added that most of the leaders have covered a very long distance to reach where we are today. “Nobody among us has come through the window, all of us have walked through the door.”
The fact is the G-23 dissenters comprise mostly of politicians who have done their bit for the nation but are now well past the prime. Several of them have never ever won an election.
All this, however, is expected and is not the first time something like this has happened before the party moved forward stronger.
It happened during the inter-generational shift in 1930 when the young Turks took over and the old Dominion status folk left. It happened again in 1969 when Indira Gandhi took over from the previous generation. Congress (O) survived a few years and then vanished. Some came back to Congress (I) while others went to Janata Party.
In 1984 the circumstances prevented the move. But they undercut Rajiv at every turn. It again happened in 1999 when Sonia Gandhi took over. Sharad Pawar, Sangma, Nezma Heptullah, among others, formed NCP. And it’s again happening now.
Azad, Anand Sharma et al are all ganging up trying to hang on to power and position within INC. They are all respectable. They have served the nation and party well. We shouldn’t be bitter towards them.
However, they simply don’t know when to gracefully take the exit. After all even Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dhoni, Pele and Maradonna had to retire at some point. Even Amitabh Bachchan can’t be running around trees now.
BJP faced a similar inter generational shift in 2012 when Modi and Shah unceremoniously retired Advani Joshi and Sinha.
The key difference is this – the paid corrupt media lauded Modi for cleaning house. But in case of INC the same media is lionizing these retirees who haven’t won an election in a decade!
INC can’t move on and prosper and grow as long as these “way past their sell by date” people keep dragging the party into one sink hole after another. The sooner INC finishes this “creative destruction” the better for the Party and the nation.