Degeneration to Congress Core!
The political battle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan has deeply shaken the foundation of the Congress. There is a big question: Can there be a reversal like Madhya Pradesh in Rajasthan too? So far, Gehlot’s political acumen and long-term political experience have proved such possibilities distant, but in politics, anything is possible. Hence, the Bharatiya Janata Party is active in view of such possibilities, as the crisis that is visible within the Rajasthan Congress today has become the crisis of its own making. In the changing political developments in Rajasthan, the Raj Bhawan has become the third axis in the battle between Pilot and Gehlot. After the confrontation between the Raj Bhawan and the Gehlot government, speculations are rife that political agitation there is taking the state towards the President’s rule. Be that as it may, it is noteworthy that the infighting in Rajasthan Congress has been in the public domain ever since the Congress won a majority in the Assembly, with the CM and the Dy.CM at loggerheads from day one. The statement by Gehlot that he and Pilot have never been on speaking terms for the last 18 months goes to highlight the animosity between the two. Hence, the crisis in the Rajasthan unit of the Congress is the one that has been in the making for a long time. The old-young divide itself is the root cause of this crisis. Many of the younger faces in the party have already spent a long time in politics, yet, they are still told to wait for their turn. Therefore, the common Congressman also believes that it is the group of elders, who have forgotten to fight on the road, which is responsible for the present affairs of the party. It is they who see the younger generation as a big hurdle in the path of theirs and their sons. Hence, it is apt to mention here that be it Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot respectively left no stone unturned to bring the party to power. But when the party came to power, they were sidelined.
To aggravate the situation, in the Congress, the words of a man, who holds no official position, are supreme. When there is such a high vacuum in top leadership, these things are bound to happen. Ashok Gehlot himself said that there has been no dialogue of him with his deputy since the day of assuming office. People must read his comments on Sachin Pilot “being handsome and good English speaking is not everything”. Well, people are free to blame Narendra Modi and BJP for everything bad happening in the Congress, but I believe, if a political party like the Congress, established in 1885, with a long history of managing power along with dissidence, incoherence and interests of different sections of society, is in trouble in 2020, it is only because of failures of the Congress party’s leadership and the party’s overwhelming dependence on the Sonia Gandhi family. How can the Congress blame any other party for this? Despite the Congress’ grassroots leaders going one by one due to the weak policies of the party or being politically marginalised, can the Congress dream of a better future? The Congress should avoid blaming others for their shortcomings and repair its own house. When the people of Rajasthan are waiting for acute administrative activism from their government, the government is parading between the resort and the Raj Bhawan. The public is watching, as these negative situations are going to play a decisive role in their decision making. Citizen-voters like me think that without restoration of internal democracy in the party, it will be difficult for the Congress to survive for long.
By Deepak Kumar Rath