Congress Must Vacuum Itself
This refers to ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Congress Party’ (ET, May 19). Congress has no one but itself to blame. If they were banking on last-minute sops such as right to food, etc, to lure the poor and peasantry, they completely misread the ground situation. Their managers missed out on the burgeoning young and middle classes that have long weaned away from caste and religion politics and want jobs and stability.
The Congress messed it up by marginalising the potential young leaders whom they inducted with much fanfare but didn’t give them a role. Making the Congress relevant to present times is a huge task, and it can happen only if the Gandhis are ready for a relook at their own stature in the party. Desperate situation calls for a desperate solution, and if the Congress does not want to fade into oblivion, it requires a thorough spring cleaning.