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Congress’ recipe of Harakiri !!

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The turn of events is the boiler plate template of ‘political mismanagement’. Harish Rawat the General Secretary of AICC had made a public statement just a week back that the Congress shall face next Assembly elections in Punjab under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh. A week after Captain resigned after complaining of humiliation and insults.

The defeated learns more from the loss than the winners do from the victory - it’s an age old metaphor good for all times. The Congress party seems to have reversed this logic. The High Command did not just constrain the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to demit his office but ensured that it got 'possession' over the Punjab State Congress Party. A quest to replicate BJP's Gujarat experiment shall prove disastrous for the Congress in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

A Party that had already lost Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Jagan Mohan Reddy, Himanta Biswas Sarma and so many other veteran regional and national leaders, seems to have lost one more now! Amarinder was not just a seasoned politician, party loyalist but also performers all his life. One Congress governed State that blew off the massive Narendra Modi tsunami in 2019 was Punjab under Amarinder Singh. Punjab had sent 8 Members of Parliament belonging to the Congress out of 13 from the State. 

Recent turn of events in Punjab have brought out, once again, that capacity, experience and political acumen are all missing in Rahul Gandhi. It is him who calls the shots at the High Command, not Sonia Gandhi, or the CWC. It's evident from the fact that Sonia Gandhi had nothing more to say to Amarinder Singh except ‘Sorry Amarinder’ when the latter phoned Sonia Gandhi a few hours prior to his resignation as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

The turn of events is the boiler plate template of ‘political mismanagement’. Harish Rawat the General Secretary of AICC had made a public statement just a week back that the Congress shall face next Assembly elections in Punjab under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh. A week after Captain resigned after complaining of humiliation and insults.

Revolts within Congress party have become recurrent. Dismantling of Congress Government in Madhya Pradesh was the direct result of an internal revolt by Jyotiraditya Scindia in 2020. Ripples of Punjab have already reached Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. G-23, an internal group of most eminent and loyalist leaders of Congress, have been baying for free and fair elections within the Congress to rebuild party's public image, have been sidelined and threatened with disciplinary action. It is certainly not leadership; it's dictatorship they say!

Even if Rahul Gandhi has to imitate the BJP in ‘hiring and firing’ procedures insofar as the Chief Ministers are concerned, he should also learn this art of political management and maneuvering from the BJP who ensure time and again, that change of guard takes place smoothly and leaves no dissidents behind. Outgoing Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani or even reluctant Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa both were thankful to the central leadership of BJP and even made public statements that they looked ahead to consolidate the party in their respective States. 

Such whimsical style of functioning of Rahul Gandhi at the helm of affairs of the Congress High Command can be considered nothing short of ‘Hara-Kiri’. (Widely practiced method of suicide in feudal Japan). 

After Captain Amarinder Singh’s exit as the Chief Minister, the chances of Congress returning to power in the forthcoming assembly elections of Punjab, are…. exiguous!


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