As Congress celebrated its 136th Foundation Working day on Monday, suspended occasion leader Sanjay Jha claimed that the top management in the celebration “lacks the self-push wanted for transformation”.
In an interview to CNN-News18, Jha said that inspite of getting sufficient political encounter, Rahul Gandhi has failed to produce a vision map for the celebration and India and “prolonged intervals of hibernation have retained lots of in the Congress intrigued and worried”. Edited excerpts:
Congress desires hunger, electricity and ambition — the variety demonstrated by Indira Gandhi just after the 1977 humiliation. The present leadership lacks the self-travel essential for a transformation.
2020 has been a terrible calendar year for the Congress. Significant condition elections are coming up. Do you think the occasion can bounce again in the coming calendar year?
Congress requirements starvation, electrical power and ambition — the sort demonstrated by Indira Gandhi soon after the 1977 humiliation. The latest management lacks the self-travel required for a transformation. Technically, the Congress is very much in the activity in Assam and Kerala, albeit there are rising headwinds there. It must commence an aggressive campaign now. Tamil Nadu really should be in the bag with DMK, despite the fact that I feel the bash ought to be pragmatic in seat-sharing and seem for alliance victory and not be greedy. Puducherry can be retained. West Bengal is up in the air, but even a truncated TMC could possibly will need a Still left-Congress support if BJP does well. So it is up to the Congress to make 2021 a turnaround year or fade away into obsolescence.
In your book you point out Rahul Gandhi as a great man. Obviously, which is not sufficient.
Rahul is a good human getting and has noble intentions. He has adequate political practical experience to have by now made a vision map for the social gathering and India, but he hardly ever articulates them. This absence of accessibility and prolonged intervals of hibernation have kept numerous in the Congress intrigued. And anxious. A leader need to initiate discussions, invite criticism and opinions and invigorate the bash personnel. Unfortunately, Rahul has finished them but patchily. He has been inconsistent. I consider his greatest problem is a coterie that retains him insulated and hence ignorant of political realities. And like it or not, the buck stops with him.
Sonia Gandhi achieved the 23 senior leaders who wrote the letter of dissent but their major desire has but to see realisation. The leadership concern continues to be. Is it time for Congress to go past the Gandhis?
The leadership is the elephant in the room. Straight and uncomplicated. The people today of India want Congress to do effectively but they want a new management. We cannot be like an ostrich in the sand permanently.
Congress celebrates its 136th basis working day now but Rahul is absent. Is this the difficulty with his leadership?
It is a milestone working day in the stunning record of the Grand Outdated Social gathering of India. It is a momentous occasion. I can see that on Twitter folks are ridiculing Rahul all around once again. I am positive Rahul could have conveniently avoided this uncalled for poor publicity as it has not happened for the first time. He is knowledgeable of the likely outcomes. In community existence, notion frequently issues extra than fact. His political manufacturer has flattened, and these sporadic faux pas will hurt it. The actuality that Rahul has continue to not taken the “optics and atmospherics” critically will damage both of those him and the Congress.
Priyanka was existing at the basis day. Is she a much better chief and choice for the Congress? Is this the conclusion of the highway? Can just about anything assist it?
I continue to be confident that regardless of the present-day moribund condition of the Congress, it can resurrect by itself. And immediately. Since the get together the good thing is has fantastic fully commited floor level staff who are possibly far more passionate about its political fortunes than the heavyweights residing in flamboyant bungalows in Lutyens Delhi. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is intrinsically sharp, hard as nuts, brilliant communicator and has a helpful disposition. It is unfair to choose her based mostly on UP so much. The celebration has obliterated by itself there for a long time. Former President Pratibha Patil had as soon as told me that Priyanka must head Mahila Congress to have a nationwide footprint and pull in ladies voters. That is worthy of thinking about.