Fault Lines

Chaos reigns in Congress party

India Today - - MAIL -

Bleak Fu­ture With de­feat in the forth­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions star­ing in its face, the Congress is in a tight spot and there is a feel­ing of un­ease among the party lead­ers (“Out of Hand”, Fe­bru­ary 17). Thanks to the wan­ing charisma of the Gandhi fam­ily, dis­sent­ing mur­murs in­side the Congress party are grow­ing louder by the day. Even the coali­tion part­ners are flex­ing their mus­cles and look­ing for a bet­ter deal with a weak­ened Congress. But des­per­ate, last-minute mea­sures like rais­ing the cap on sub­sidised LPG cylin­ders will not be enough to re­verse the party’s for­tunes. It is all gloom and doom for In­dia’s grand old party.

VI­JAI PANT, Hem­pur The laun­dry list of scams and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion, which Rahul Gandhi does not recog­nise or will­ingly ig­nores, are the car­di­nal rea­sons why the Congress party is in such dis­ar­ray. Rahul’s ex­per­i­ments, in­clud­ing road shows and

People liv­ing near ‘fault lines’ have al­ways ex­er­cised cau­tion. But the Congress did not pay heed. So now they have to deal with NaMo ma­nia and the Arvind Ke­jri­wal storm.

KR­IS­HAN KALRA, via email

in­ter­ac­tion with the masses, as­sur­ing them that their de­mands will be in­cluded in the man­i­festo, are a damp squib. Such tac­tics would hardly fetch the party any seat. At this junc­ture, the Congress should ask se­nior, ex­pe­ri­enced lead­ers to take the lead in cam­paign­ing and ask Rahul to post­pone his re­vival tac­tics.

INDU SHANKAR, Varanasi Ow­ing to the poor per­for­mance of UPA 2, the Congress party is in dol­drums. It seems that the cit­i­zens of this coun­try are not will­ing to ac­cept Rahul Gandhi as the coun­try’s fu­ture prime min­is­ter. And un­for­tu­nately for the Congress, there is no other face to project— thanks to its his­tory of dy­nas­tic pol­i­tics. More­over, the ris­ing stock of Naren­dra Modi and BJP have fur­ther dented the prospects of Congress. In all like­li­hood, the party is go­ing to face the big­gest de­ba­cle in its his­tory in the com­ing elec­tions.

V.K. TAN­GRI, Dehradun The re­peated fail­ures of Rahul Gandhi in re­viv­ing

the sag­ging for­tunes of the Congress in Ut­tar Pradesh and de­feat in the re­cent­ly­held As­sem­bly elec­tions have cat­e­gor­i­cally proved that the Gandhi fam­ily has lost its mojo. Like rats aban­don a sink­ing ship, other par­ties and lead­ers are dis­tanc­ing them­selves from a floun­der­ing Congress. In a party where voic­ing sen­ti­ments against the High Com­mand was con­sid­ered akin to heresy, notes of dis­sent are get­ting shriller. How­ever, in all this tur­bu­lence, it is the Gandhi fam­ily which, like glue, is bind­ing the dis­parate el­e­ments within the Congress to­gether. But in the ab­sence of a strong leader like the tow­er­ing Indira Gandhi, one won­ders for how long they will be able to keep the party to­gether.

MANJU P. , via email Jaya’s Left Lean­ings Tamil Nadu Chief Min­is­ter J. Jay­alalithaa’s am­bi­tion of be­com­ing the prime min­is­ter of In­dia with the help of the Left par­ties can hardly come true (“Look­ing Left, Aim­ing for Cen­tre). The Left has al­ready lost rel­e­vance and it is doubt­ful if their sup­port will do Jay­alalithaa any good. Be­sides, Jay­alalithaa does not en­joy panIn­dia pop­u­lar­ity. How­ever, to stall the prospect of a Congress-led UPA form­ing the govern­ment—which in it­self is a very re­mote pos­si­bil­ity— BJP might sup­port her can­di­da­ture. How­ever, if she wants to re­alise her dream in the forth­com­ing elec­tions, it can be safely said that she is be­ing over-am­bi­tious.

VIRENDRA T., via email Say No to Racism The death of Nido Ta­nia should be treated as a symp­tom of the per­va­sive racial dis­crim­i­na­tion that people from the North-east face, es­pe­cially in met­ro­pol­i­tan In­dia (“In the Name of Nido”, Fe­bru­ary 17). Even when it does not re­sult in such tragic in­ci­dents as mur­der or rape, the young from the re­gion face dis­crim­i­na­tion in ev­ery­day life. It comes as a re­lief that in the Nido case, at least, Rahul Gandhi and the then chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal were seen with North-east pro­test­ers promis­ing sup­port to their de­mand for jus­tice and se­cu­rity.

J.S. ACHARYA, Hy­der­abad The na­tion was shocked to learn about the tragic death of Nido Ta­nia, the 19-yearold col­lege stu­dent from Arunachal Pradesh who be­came a vic­tim of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion and hate crime. How­ever, it was en­cour­ag­ing to see po­lit­i­cal lead­ers rais­ing their voice, at last, against this dis­crim­i­na­tion. It’s im­por­tant that laws be­come strin­gent; also, we must stop this cul­ture of re­gion­al­ism and parochial­ism im­me­di­ately.

JA­COB SA­HAYAM, via email

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