Congress Must Vac­uum It­self

The Economic Times - - The Edit Page - ASHOK GOSWAMI

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.

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