For the sake of democracy alone, the Congress needs to reinvent itself but Congressmen and women should have the gumption to tell it like it is - that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are no longer appealing to the public.
However, the NCP stayed away from the meeting at the insistence of senior leader Praful Patel who was upset at the constant criticism of the Pawar-led outfit by Congress leaders who claimed that his two MLAs did not vote in favour of Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. Also, crucial assembly polls are scheduled this year end in Gujarat. The Congress has to look forward and ensure that its strategy and selection of candidates for the polls are in sync with reality, and not based on the whims and fancies of individual leaders, who in the past have spoilt the chances of victory in several states by influencing ticket distribution decisions.
Ahmed Patel's spectacular victory should motivate the workers and their representatives to do bigger things. Former JD (U) president Sharad Yadav - now on a tour of Bihar - has already come out in open criticism of Kumar's decision to change horses mid-way to align with the saffron party. Top Congress sources say they are convinced that he sided with the BJP in Gujarat in covert cooperation while claiming that he remains committed to the league of parties that have come together to explore a joint effort in blocking PM Modi's re-election in 2019. Is it a co-incidence? We have expelled them and will take legal action against them soon. This is the level to which the Vice President of the Congress Party is reduced to. Mrs Indira Gandhi bounced back in her characteristic manner. Patel is a seasoned player, but the mantle has to pass on to someone who is both younger and could serve the party well over a considerable period of time. In a classic case of electoral overreach and political overkill, the BJP spokespersons came up with shifting and disingenuous explanations to counter the Congress objections. The morale of our cadre all across India is charged up.
Q:Do you think RS election was more about your survival than the Congress winning? They misused their power, government machinery.
Absolutely not. The BJP employed every possible trick from their Dirty Department Division to defeat me and still failed. They wrote my political obituary but they were wrong.
However, the BJP's war cry of Congress Mukht Bharat is unsafe for democracy. And it has begun from Gujarat.