Leading the party to defeat, in a fearless manner!

Rahul Gandhi lost in the family bastion of Amethi by a sizeable margin. And yet, the Congress insists that he has been a fearless and successful leader, and is preparing to reward him as chief of the party in the Lok Sabha.

Rahul Gandhi lost in the family bastion of Amethi by a sizeable margin. And yet, the Congress insists that he has been a fearless and successful leader
Rahul Gandhi lost in the family bastion of Amethi by a sizeable margin. And yet, the Congress insists that he has been a fearless and successful leader

The strike rate of Rahul Gandhi (victories gained in constituencies where he addressed public rallies) is poor; compared to that of Narendra Modi, it is pitiable.

One had thought the Congress would learn lessons from its 2019 debacle. It did not in 2014 and does not appear to now. At the parliamentary party meeting held recently, which once again unanimously elected Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson, the Congress hung on to the old and failed slogans as its future roadmap to take on the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre. It glossed over the defeat and even pretended to have done pretty well in the circumstances.

The Congress claimed its fight was to protect the Constitution of India. The Constitution is not under threat, and the only time it was bludgeoned was during the Emergency which Indira Gandhi had imposed in 1975. Instead of directing its energy at imaginary dangers, the party should focus on what actually is threatened: Its own sustainability as a credible pan-India party. This threat comes not from its opponents but as a consequence of leadership failure from top down, and the inability to construct a believable narrative against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Senior Congress leaders claim that government institutions were being used by the BJP-led regime against their party, much like the British had done against Indians when they ruled India

The Congress also said that the autonomy of various constitutional institutions was in danger and that the party would fight tooth and nail to prevent such deterioration. But it was during its regime that the Supreme Court had called one such institution, the Central Bureau of Investigation, a “caged parrot”. In Emergency days, the Indira Gandhi government had brazenly interfered in the autonomy of the country’s highest judiciary, the Supreme Court. Pliant Justices were rewarded and the inflexible ones punished. A few upright judges preferred to quit in protest, with their heads held high.

The Election Commission of India had, during a large part of the Congress rule, been turned into a paper tiger. It was only after TN Seshan took charge as Chief Election Commissioner that the poll panel began to crack the whip and assert its authority — even if that was limited by law. Over the decades post-Seshan, the Election Commission of India has crafted for itself an internationally accepted image of a fair and effective conductor of elections in what is the world’s largest democracy.  More recently, the Congress has questioned the credibility of a slew of autonomous bodies such as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the poll panel itself and accused it of bias in favour of the ruling BJP.

Senior Congress leaders claim that government institutions were being used by the BJP-led regime against their party, much like the British had done against Indians when they ruled India. They are obviously, particularly referring to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department because these agencies are in the thick of probing cases of wrongdoing against certain opposition leaders and their supporters. But the genesis of nearly all these cases was during the Congress-led UPA government, whether it be the Robert Vadra land purchases, the Agusta Westland deal, the civil aviation scam in which former Union Minister in the UPA time, Praful Patel, has been summoned, or the various others.

It has been wiped out in more than a dozen States, including Delhi. None of its traditional vote-banks has remained with it, anywhere.

Nearly all of these wild allegations had been part of the Congress’s election campaign, but the electorate refused to buy them. The party should have got the message and shifted to other, more pertinent matters — there are many, in fact. But the Congress simply refused to see the writing on the wall. This failure is not just limited to picking and then clinging on to the wrong issues but extends to leadership issues as well. At the Congress parliamentary party meet, Sonia Gandhi praised Rahul Gandhi’s leadership and said he had led the party “fearlessly”. There was nothing to fear in the first place; elections were held in a fair and democratic manner and the winner was decided by public mandate in a transparent manner. Perhaps her definition of ‘fearlessness’ is for the party chief to call the Prime Minister a “thief” without basis, and for senior Congress leaders to abuse him with various other names.

Rahul Gandhi — nobody still knows whether his decision to quit as party president is final or not — too indulged in false bravado. Rejected by the people twice in succession as a prime ministerial choice, he said his 52 MPs were sufficient to take on the BJP’s might in the House and outside, and that the ruling combine would not have a walkover. So, how does he propose to go about the task? Not through the articulation of public grievances and aspirations, but by creating ruckus in Parliament to demonstrate his party’s resolve. There wasn’t a word from either him or Sonia Gandhi about offering constructive opposition or backing the government in matters of national interest.

In five years, the Congress could add just eight seats to its 2014 Lok Sabha tally. It lost every Assembly election, barring the last three towards the end of 2018 when it displaced the BJP. Its vote-share is nothing to talk about. It has been wiped out in more than a dozen States, including Delhi. None of its traditional vote-banks has remained with it, anywhere. Even in the three States which it had won a few months ago, the BJP swept this election; in one of them, Rajasthan, the BJP won all the Lok Sabha seats on offer. The strike rate of Rahul Gandhi (victories gained in constituencies where he addressed public rallies) is poor; compared to that of Narendra Modi, it is pitiable. He lost in the family bastion of Amethi by a sizeable margin. He could not even fetch for his party the minimum number of seats for its leader to be officially recognised as Leader of Opposition. And yet, the Congress insists that he has been a fearless and successful leader, and is preparing to reward him as chief of the party in the Lok Sabha.

Strange, therefore, are the ways of the Congress.

Note:
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

Rajesh Singh

Rajesh Singh is a Delhi-based senior political commentator and public affairs analyst
Rajesh Singh

6 COMMENTS

  1. PGurus is run by a set of REAL INTELLECTUALS, highly educated and highly gifted and not like those self appointed, self anointed, self proclaimed, Media Ïntellectuals”, as set of worthless, indolent, useless gutter scum of absolute worthlessness, 2 bit journos, some social sciences graduates, some BA s in English, some shayars, actors, ..who will not even be fit as sewer cleaners, whose ONLY claim to “intellect “is speaking in AmeriKKKan” english or Hinglish, worthless beggars who live on crumbs thrown by innocent Indian public, WHO frequent VineetJain, Aroon purie and other running dogs of Italian Vatican and foreign mafioso rags and blue channels (mostly Pakipanjabis,Bangads Xtians-And all created from WhitespermFDI of unknown sources).
    MMS a honorary Doctrorate I can understand..A PAkipanjabi genetic lumpen, their goal in life for all is getting to lick the asses of dogs of Whites clean and be eternal slaves and sexslaves of worse of White skins. He being a grovelling slave of Italian illiterate bardancer Sonia is understandable..Its in his unknown sourced genes and his daughter being a sexlsave of a Italian American.
    But PGurus ?? Never expected ..
    Let this Italian AND FAMILY go to hell and rot there in pigshit with worms wriggling and eating her alive in worst of hell. SONIA MAINO and family has to be exterminated from India and earth
    And for starters Modiji should remove all security provided to this family and remove her from 10 JP, her beggar BAAP has not bought it. AND LET ALL NATIVE INDIANS FIGHT THESE FIRANGIS AND THEIR STREETDOGS with ALL MEANS AVAILABLE, even if it leads to rivers of blood
    Now it should be CONGRESSEEMUKTBHARAT

  2. I do not know why Mr Rajesh Singh and others just keep talking of this Italian Family, these bloody foreigners. If Iám Modi first thing I would see is the elimination of this Foreign Mafia, Vatican Family and her piglets sold to licking shit of white asses first place.
    Non Violence is tom tommed by the same genetic deranged goons who go about murdering people and their media mafia minions , just because media is in hands of genetic lumpen created by worst of foreign deranged criminals and equally white d.. crazed debauched keeps. Its a BLOODY CRAO the ordinary people from claiming their rights. Mr Rajesh Singh is stuck with this Italian Family. White asslicking comes naturally to INDIAN MEDIA worms. So previously Dung fertilizer used by Indian Farmer was backward way of farming , but the SAME NOW COMES AS ORGANIC STAMPED BY SOME WHITES AND WE HAVE A SITE OF VINEET JAIN OF TIMES, AROON PURIE, SARDESAI RAJDEEP, SAGARIKA, PALLAVI GHOSE…ALL BANGALI AND PAKIPANJABI WHITE D..WORSHIPPERS DANCING NAKED ON STREETS “ORGANIC ORGANIC”””.Mr Rajesh belongs to same category.. Hell To Italian, WE WILL NOW FIGHT ON STREETS WITH CONGI GOONS..10 EYES FOR AN EYE, THIS ITALIAN GUTTERSHIT FAMILY EITHER LEAVES INDIA OR THE EARTH

  3. We need for better governance strong equally dedicated opposition party at the center which understands iszues of nation imlortan e like security, employment, education. Unfirtunagely there is a void and vacum in congress. Nkt only the amily inc should vet rid of kther corrult leaderz bkth i. Party and stats level anx rebuild from vrassroot level. Whe. Yoj are fightinv elections you do not go to berkeley, sj gapore u der Sam Pitroda djre tion. Yku do nkt tbrow baseless legation on pm. You agriculate alternative visio. And show in states ruled by inc. Thiz is whete inc failed. Hope an alternative opposition emerges

  4. Thanks for the excellent analysis which, I am sure, the stooges of the Family (i.e., the Nehruvian and all other types of parasite Left-Liberals) will find extremely difficult to digest. My personal opinion ( with 35 years of toiling in the IRS) is that, it is irrelevant to the common people of India if the proprietorship called the INC survives or not. But, if the few good people in the party (Capt. Amrinder Singh being one) still do want it to float for some more years, they must forthwith dump the baggage of the Family which controls the pursestrings and thus holds the entire flock to ransom and absolute allegiance to the wife of a former PM. It is also for the money power of the Family that the elements like the treasury robber/fodder thief from Bihar or the son of the Sarkaria Commissuon-fame DMK leader and even the TDP man (who was confident, like Mamata Banerjee, to become PM until a few days ago) that all pay court to the party and its head. Unfortunately, the top bureaucracy has all along been absolutely faithful to the Family ( as was recently exhibited by its sleeper cells supplying the top secret defence documents relating to the Lagale deal to a newspaper group) and would never allow the political masters to inquire into the situs of the enormous funds and wealth 7nder control of the party/Family. And, the servile nature of our people, coupled with some other factors, helps the Family proprietorship to still hog prime space in the print media as well as prime time in some of the the national TV channels branded popularly as the Lutyen’s media. It would be in the larger interests of the people of India for the party to be buried forever and at the earliest. Unless, its new Avatar, with the Family out, takes birth.

  5. The ONLY way that Congress can avoid destruction is for Sonia, Rahul & Ms Vadra to put themselves completely out of reach of the Congress party. To take political sanyas, in fact.

  6. In Gujarat we say slap your face to get it Lal. Red. They have to keep up the face. As most of the other leaders are sycophants. Chamcha. See Motilal and the tail wagging dogs of Congress. There is no one left. 52 seats they got because of Malbari Christians funded from USA and the Vatican which got them Kerala seats. Minus that is the real seats won by the defunct party. Another year and if the sleeping SC starts giving verdict the end will be accelerated.

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