The past year noticed the Grand Aged Celebration transitioning, even if symbolically, to a non-Gandhi presidency even as Rahul Gandhi embarked on the Bharat Jodo Yatra, evidently looking for his prolonged-elusive management fortunes. Against this backdrop, the Congress enters the New Year, bracing to deal with difficulties that can either aid redeem the celebration or push it deeper into issues.
Significantly of how the Congress’ reflexes functionality in the coming calendar year will depend on how the internal equations of the Congress leadership evolve below Mallikarjun Kharge’s presidency and the looming shadow of the Gandhi-Vadra trio around it. Kharge’s elevation also decisively answered queries on regardless of whether the Gandhi-Vadra trio would consider to ‘renunciation’ by trying to keep their arms off the party’s command process.
Latest developments have still left no doubt that the Gandhis are in no temper to allow go. The mega work getting set to make Rahul Gandhi and the Bharat Jodo Yatra underneath his management the initial social gathering focus below the Kharge presidency – and still Gandhi skipped the HP marketing campaign and did just a single day’s marketing campaign in Gujarat – and the method Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, nevertheless technically only an AICC common secretary in-demand of UP, reserves her right to selected to be a ‘player’ in which she wants to be – be it becoming the marketing campaign leader in Himachal Pradesh (even though retaining off the Gujarat obstacle) or a wannabe ‘ boat-rocker’ in Rajasthan (following the ‘rocking act’ in Punjab) all exhibit that their needs continue on to be at the command of the Congress establishment.
The simple fact that Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra, and their young children, far too actively and frontally joined the Rahul Gandhi Yatra introduced the faithfuls a ‘re-assuring new yr satisfaction’ of suffering from the expanding household involvement.
Chairman & President
The educated smoothness with which the AICC institution produced to the media – just hours following Kharge formally took cost as celebration main on Oct 26 – Sonia Gandhi’s congratulatory letter to the new British leading plainly advertised to the party and ‘the players’ that she stays, and will continue as the chairman of the Congress Parliamentary Occasion (CPP), a put up that the Congress presidents had held simultaneously as for every the institutionalized arrangement. So a great deal so that the then recently elected Congress president Sonia Gandhi even bought her staff to amend the CPP rule ebook in 1998 to make her the CPP chairman even without having currently being an MP.
The fact that Kharge — who experienced made available his resignation (in retaining with the just one-man-1 publish norm) as Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha, when he entered the Congress presidential poll — is becoming ‘allowed’ to proceed in the submit because the CPP chairman chose to sit on his resignation, instantly made an elected Congress president the CPP chairman’s nominated LoP.
Some spouse and children loyalists justified this by expressing that Sonia Gandhi had ongoing as CPP chairman even throughout Rahul Gandhi’s transient presidency. But it is not rocket science to recognize the difference involving a practical and at ease mother-son arrangement and the CPP chairmanship remaining kept out of the grasp of a non-Gandhi elected social gathering president. Institutional memory would remind one particular of how a different Congress president, Sitaram Kesri, had issued a 24-hour general public ultimatum to his predecessor PV Narasimha Rao and compelled the latter to relinquish the CPP chairmanship, which he experienced attempted to keep, so that Kesri could hold each posts.
All eyes on Kharge
The 80-yr-aged Karnataka veteran is widely witnessed as a pragmatic enough leader to know the circumstances and calculations below which he was built the Congress president, his occupational hazards and jobs. For Kharge, thrice neglected by the Gandhis-led higher command for the post of Karnataka chief minister, the emergence as the Gandhi-backed Congress president was definitely a moment of pride and vindication.
Bash circles are now curiously seeing what type of a Congress president Kharge would pick himself to be – as 1 maintaining the seat warm for a long run Gandhi, or a Vadra, or one particular who would make deft but subtle moves to guard the dignity and purposeful powers. of his presidency and in the system consolidate his write-up (numerous experience the amazing 1,000-as well as votes the Congress presidential prospect Shashi Tharoor polled was as substantially for his persona as for a rising in-home need for a certainly unbiased and meritorious social gathering president, some thing Kharge will have to be mindful of). The strategies deployed at the impending AICC plenary session at Raipur and the method of constitution, composition and guidelines of engagement, of the new CWC workforce and AICC secretariat would be the starting of the ideas in direction of that.
“The Congress is now coming into a decisive period of fightback from the Modi authorities and the BJP-RSS politics below the leadership of our new celebration president Khargeji and by utilizing the power established by the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahulji and with the blessings of Soniaji Himachal Pradesh has by now voted for the Congress and there will be extra these victories as people today are acquiring fed up with the BJP federal government and are rallying close to the Congress,” stated Tariq Anwar, AICC common secretary.
Yatra hopes & tasks
The Congress establishment has obviously invested seriously in the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra to reinvent the bash and him. The yatra not only marked the GoP’s longest and most concentrated hard work to stay rooted on the floor given that the 2014 debacle, it also aided Gandhi shun, as of now, some inquiries on his focus span and staying electricity on the bouncy political pitch.
“The public reaction to the Bharat Jodo Yatra has been beyond expectations, condition immediately after state. It also confirmed that quite a few sections, which includes individuals who have not been inclined in direction of the Congress so considerably, are now increasingly hunting up to the Congress and are prepared to be a part of fingers with the Congress to battle for the widespread result in,” explained Digvijaya Singh, the Yatra coordinator.
Yet, several in the party circles felt the true examination of the Yatra, past its organizing marvel, would be the capacity of Gandhi to refashion himself into an electorally marketable political leader. They think the essential test is whether or not Gandhi, outside of his talks of managing the yatra as ‘vipasana’, can really change it into a throbbing political asset, vision and narrative that the Congress can harvest to assistance it faucet the incumbency burdens of the Modi authorities. by retrieving the shed social-political bases.
The put up-yatra assessments will start in the new 12 months in the form of a collection of BJP as opposed to Congress electoral battles in the states, starting with Karnataka and then in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, in addition to multicornered elections in Telangana, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Mizoram. 2023 currently being the penultimate year of the Lok Sabha elections, the consequence of these point out elections will not only be very important for the Congress’ recoup, it will also decide no matter if the celebration can credibly establish itself as the pivot of the anti-BJP Opposition politics by warding off the Congress’ turf-taking in regional functions, who want to push the GoP to a supporting function in the greater Opposition positioning versus the BJP toward 2024 mega battle. Enjoy out.