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Congress’s effort to pacify dissidents and lift party’s morale is in full swing

By wasmulhaq 
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NEW DELHI: Rise and fall are natural phenomena in every segment of life. Politics is not alluded to. The thumping victory of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and three other states has proved that the party is bossing at the moment in Indian politics. The top brass of Congress leaders are rushing from pillar to post in an attempt to avert a further debacle in the party. As G-23 leaders demand reforms in the party. The Congress’s “rebel group” (G-23) has stressed on “collective leadership” following the rout in the recently concluded elections in five states.

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G-23 leaders want change
A prominent member of G-23, and former chief minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, met Rahul Gandhi and discussed the details of the party in Haryana. Hooda cleared the sky that rebels among the party members in the state have been growing. The Aam Aadmi Party is a real threat to grabbing broad support in the state. Therefore, time has come for the party to go for an overhaul and omit dissidents.

However, the veteran leader and loyalist of the party, Mallikarjun Kharge, praised the meeting of Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad. He added that it is a positive sign, as Azad has stressed the importance of rebuilding the party. Kharge further added that it is the duty of all the party members to come together and strengthen it. Only the Gandhi family is not responsible for this.

The G-23 leaders of the Congress party have been repeatedly raising their voices for reforms in the party. Besides, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in a meeting showed faith and commitment in Sonia Gandhi’s leadership despite the drubbing in the five-state elections. Party loyalists want Sonia Gandhi to lead the Congress from the front. Although she fired the party chiefs of five states for the drubbing and lukewarm performance of the party.
Nevertheless, the G-23 constantly says that their aim is not to dent the party but rather to build a strong fort for the future. The group made it clear that the Congress party needs to take a comprehensive decision and show collective leadership. Decision-making should be decentralized. It must take place at all levels.
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Overview

People had full sympathy with the Congress due to its role in freedom fighting. Congress’s PMs left no stone unturned for the fast progress of the country. Due to the commendable work of Jawahatlal Nehru and other Congress PMs, India turned out to be a force shortly after independence. The nation was reckoned as a formidable power in the world.

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The dominance of one family and the negligence of others gradually created a rift which turned into an internal tussle in the party. A national emergency was imposed by PM Indra Gandhi in 1975, which proved a blunder. The downfall of the Congress got under way at that time.
Many senior leaders started slipping away from the party. Its ultimate result was the setback of the Congress in the 1977 general elections. The Janta Party came into power with flying colours. However, it failed to complete its full five year term, and Congress once again emerged victorious in the mid-term poll in 1980.

Rajiv’s policy benefits BJP

Following the assassination of Indra Gandhi in 1984, the Congress once again trailed others by miles in the 1984 general elections. The PM’s baton was in the hand of Rajiv Gandhi. He wanted to make India a digital nation, and he succeeded in his mission.
His lack of experience as a leader proved detrimental to the party. Shah Bano’s’ Talaq ‘case and his decision in this matter tarnished his image. In a catch-22 situation in 1985, Rajiv came up with a plan to keep all the sections happy and loyal to the party.
Babri Masjid promotes lotus blooming.


On Rajiv’s instruction, the lock of the Babri Masjid was unlocked for “puja.” In the meantime, many Muslim leaders tried their best to get political mileage in the name of the “mandir masjid.” Since then, religious bifurcation among the people has gotten underway.
Advani changes people’s mindsets.The situation proved a blessing in disguise for the saffron party, and the situation was grabbed with both hands by L.K. Advani, who was able to change the nation’s mindset, and the concept of Hindu Rashtra was born. The BJP had bagged just two seats in the 1984 general election; it became a stiff challenger and got 80 odd seats in the 1989 polls. All credit goes to Advani for manipulating the hardliners on one platform.

After that, the colour of Indian politics took a U-turn, and the decline of the Congress could be seen everywhere. The BJP gradually started to gain momentum after Advani’s “rath yatra”. Later, the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 proved heavier than the “Mandal Commission” implementation of VP Singh. The BJP became a force capable of forming a solo government at the center.
Currently, the BJP dictates the terms in Indian politics. The saffron is unfurling nationwide due to the hard work done by LK Advani, but he himself failed to grab the PM’s chair. The BJP’s rise has reached its pinnacle. How long do the party men keep it? It is a question mark.


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