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An asset or a liability?

The way Congress high command allowed the state leadership to handle Madhya Pradesh crisis that raises several questions on its ability to differentiate between an asset and a liability. It is widely believed that it was Raja Digvijay Singh who, along with Kamalnath, left no stone unturned to corner Jyotiraditya Scindhia. 

20 Mar 2020
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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

07 Jul 2019
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An asset or a liability?

By IndianMandarins 20 Mar 2020

The way Congress high command allowed the state leadership to handle Madhya Pradesh crisis that raises several questions on its ability to differentiate between an asset and a liability. It is widely believed that it was Raja Digvijay Singh who, along with Kamalnath, left no stone unturned to corner Jyotiraditya Scindhia. 

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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

By IndianMandarins 07 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

By IndianMandarins 07 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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RaGa Vs Congress: A new chapter or a far cry?

By IndianMandarins 04 Jul 2019

The grand old party that Congress has always been somehow now appears to be poised to open a new chapter in its politics. This is what the four-page letter written and released by the party president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday evening targeting the party’s workers and well wishers has come to indicate. Yet, the question is about the precise nature of the task before the party. And it is obviously to make a break from its past and become a party of future.

 

This is important since Congress has mostly been trapped in its glorious history, emanating from its stellar role in the freedom movement and also through the decades thereafter when its leaders could rebuild the badly ravaged country due to centuries of colonial rule.

 

The tone and tenor of Rahul’s letter brings indications of his intention to clear party stables at its Central and State headquarters and set out the party leaders and hangers-on so that they face the public. This is a stupendous task given the years, nay decades, of inertia, complacency and easy ways that have come to beset the ranks of the party.

 

Through his letter Rahul points to the need of warhorses to put a fight to reclaim and redeem the country from the new and divisive course it is being set on rather than the top-heavy structure that Congress has been becoming in recent years.

 

Thus, Rahul talks of need for “radical transformation” of the party to resurrect institutions that, according to him, are coming under the influence of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He tries to present an alternative view of politics away from that of the RSS.

 

Thus, he says in his letter, “Congress Party must radically transform itself. Today the BJP is systematically crushing the voice of the Indian people. It is the duty of the Congress Party to defend these voices. India has never and will never be one voice. It is and always will be a symphony of voices. That is the true essence of Bharat Mata.”

 

Remarkable words though these are the battle cry that Rahul is trying to sound somehow takes the focus more towards society rather than to keep it on politics. And this is going to be no easy route to power since it has to go through the process of reforms for which the Congress does not seem to have a programme at least right now.

 

Rahul talks more about renunciation to put the party and its cadre in a selfless service mode than its ranks usual desire for power and influence. He says, “It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle.”

 

Thus, the task that Rahul has marked for Congresspersons looks to be a tall order given their habitual reluctance to put themselves to hard work and their overdependence on party’s top leadership. This is how Rahul also justifies his decision to relinquish the highest post of the party. So post-Rahul Congress ranks will have to confront and grapple with reality, if they want to remain with the party. This is so despite the fact that the bulk of Congressmen have been insisting upon Rahul to relent and continue in his present position and thereby keep their zones of cool comfort unscathed.

(By Abid Shah)

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Former IAS officer fielded for RS polls: BJP-BJD stump Congress

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

The turn of events in Orissa politics has stumped the Congress Party and paved the ground for its complete destruction in the state. Take the case of Odisha Rajya Sabha polls. Both the BJP and the BJD reached an understanding. Following this understanding, BJP announced the candidature of former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnav who had worked in the Vajpayee PMO as the late PM's private secretary.


Shortly after the BJP named the ex-bureaucrat as its candidate for the July 5 Rajya Sabha bypolls, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik announced his party's support to Vaishnav.


Vaishnav has enjoyed cordial relations with Patnaik, whose Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was an ally of the BJP during the Vajpayee era.


Patnaik himself had served as a minister in the Vajpayee government before he became the chief minister of Odisha in 2000.


The BJP-BJD understanding will not only deny any Congressman to win a RS seat from Odisha but may also compel its assembly members to switch sides.

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