Dissent in Congress may grow stronger after poll debacle
Congress has once again achieved what it did with agonizing continuity: lose the elections! His comeuppance is bolstered by the records his rivals have set while pushing back his latest pushes in Kerala and Assam.
In states that have witnessed direct fighting, the Left Democratic Front and the Bharatiya Janata party have broken decades-old hoodoos to retain power. While in Kerala the Marxist-led LDF became the first political party to win back-to-back, in Assam the BJP is the first non-congress party to oppose anti-sorting.
The tectonic shift in opposition space added insult to injury to Congress in Bengal, with the victorious Trinamool obliterating its Sanjukta Morcha with the left in its known sub-regional strongholds. The default winner: the otherwise humiliated BJP who will be the only opposition in the new assembly where the indefatigable Mamata Banerjee will sit as third chief minister.
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The electorate retained rather than changed government in three of the four Assembly elections. On the whole, too, Congress remained a stain. His only consolation, if it can be described that way, was having a minority stake in the front led by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam which won Tamil Nadu. There has been no respite from the bad news in neighboring Pondicherry, where a worried Congress-DMK front has been relegated to the margins, giving the BJP a kick in partnership with Congress All India N Rangaswamy (AINRC ).
The pandemic that the country has fought in the wake of polls robbed the results of their conventional brilliance. It highlights the urgency for the outgoing winners from Bengal, Assam and Kerala to prove their courage in the fight against the virus – to overcome infamy to help its spread with rampant violations of Covid protocols during the countryside.
“Our mandate will not work if the pandemic rages relentlessly and if we fail to provide people with the help they need,” conceded an MP for Trinamool, Bengal.
Not wanting to be named, he said unequivocally that the mandate of the poll would be incomplete without a victory against the unleashed SARS-CoV-2. “Our ability to govern will be tested from the start,” agreed a DMK lawmaker. Although he is a newcomer to the office of the Chief Minister, Deputy Stalin will have to get going.
If they offer governance in times of crisis in their states, they will be heard with respect in Delhi. Either way, the outcome of the elections is bound to see DMK and Trinamool play a bigger role in parliament, and therefore in national politics, in any opposition spouse against the BJP – who has his back to the wall. in front. of widespread desperation caused by the pandemic.
For Congress, he emphasizes the imperative to tidy up one’s house, regardless of who is at the head of the party. Rahul Gandhi was arguably the only leader to have systematically warned the Narendra Modi regime of the serious risks the pandemic posed to public health and the economy. But congressional defeats in Assam and Kerala – the state it represents in parliament – have impacted his prospects for leadership within the faction-plagued party. In Kerala, the party’s “big failure” cannot even be attributed to the kind of community polarization it has fostered in Assam.
“The party workers will decide the question of leadership. I would play my assigned role, ”Gandhi said while supporting organizational polls in an interview with PTI-Bhasha on the eve of the election results which have since sowed gloom in congressional circles.
In January, the Congressional Working Committee decided to have the new party chairman in office by June; a schedule that will require reshuffle if the second wave of Covid lasts longer. But the big question is whether Gandhi will bow to the workers’ demand (which is not difficult to orchestrate) after leading the party to defeat in states where it was on the balance sheet?
Pro-changers in Congress have long felt, at least privately, that Gandhi did not have the temperament and “political wood” to lead the party towards the change he wants to see – which must become a credible alternative. at the BJP. They agree that in the organizational setup, he would win if he decides to participate.
We will have to wait to see how the dichotomy evolves in the perspective of the proposed internal changes. The possibility of dissent becoming stronger is real!