The focus stays with the Congress again. The party it seems is not willing to learn from the mistakes and remains adamant in not going in for reinvention. While the face-off between Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister Punjab and Navjot Singh Sidhu continues with no solution at sight , the party has suffered yet another blow .
Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls next year, Congress leader Jitin Prasada quit the party to join the BJP. And Jitin left with a jibe at the Congress during his briefing to the media saying : ” I felt that what is the relevance of staying in a party if you can’t protect interests of your people or work for them. I felt I was unable to do that at Congress. I thank people in Congress who blessed me all these yrs but now I’ll work as a dedicated BJP worker.”
The exit of Jitin Prasad and before that of Jyotiraditya Scindia has once again raised the question as to why the Generation next leaders are not happy with the party?. It is not only Punjab where party is facing dissent . In Rajasthan, there is cold vibes between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. After a rebellion last year Sachin Pilot was removed as Deputy Chief Minister as well as the state PCC chief. His concerns are yet to be addressed he said recently in a interview. The party may be very critical of the Modi government on all fronts but it seriously needs to introspect why young leaders are made to feel unwanted .
There was a time when Rahul Gandhi had the young guns like – Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasada, Milind Deora and future of The congress appeared to fresh . But unfortunately the bonhomie collapsed . Scindia ( now a Rajya Sabha MP) , Prasada have left the party to join the BJP and likes of Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora are sidelined or for that matter appear unhappy .
Interestingly , Congress much too its agony found leaders quit the party to join other parties or form own parties for better future. YSR , Jaganmohan Reddy son of late Congress Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy left the party to form YSR Congress and is now Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Mamata Banerjee left Congress to from Trinamool Congress and is now three- time Chief Minister. Himanta Biswa Sarma quit Congress and is now BJP’s go to man in The North east as well as Chief Minister of Assam, Former Congress national Spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, left Congress and is now Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra.
The G-23 leaders in their letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi expressed their views as to what is the future of the party and what it needs to counter the aggressive BJP. But unfortunately the leaders and their views were swept under the carpet and they have been tagged as rebel .
Moreover, the Congress is yet to announce dates for presidential polls . Sonia Gandhi despite ill- health continues as interim president. Action is yet to light of the day of the report of the drubbing at the recently concluded assembly polls barring Tamil Nadu. As Congress falters and self destructs and battling to save own government ( Punjab) look at the contrast , BJP goes ahead and replaces a Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who led them to victory in Assam with Himanta Biswa Sarma (former Congressman) as Chief Minister. BJP strikes while the Congress waits.
Given the exodus of Congress leaders first Scindia now Prasada who knows there are are other leaders waiting to jump ship? With Congress on the wane as recent results from assemblies tell clearly , it is time the party sees the writing on the wall. It is now or never.
With several states scheduled to go to polls in 2022 , another round of poll debacles would mean despite all the flaws / misgovernance of the Modi government the BJP and the NDA will head into 2024 with air of exuberance . Onus is now on the Congress what they want to do ahead to challenge the BJP.