1. Why Shashi Tharoor can’t lift shrinking Congress’ fortunes in 2019

Why Shashi Tharoor can’t lift shrinking Congress’ fortunes in 2019

Following the thrashing of Congress in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017, an online petition is trying to project Shashi Tharoor as the PM candidate for 2019 General Elections.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 14, 2017 5:59 PM
shashi tharoor, shashi tharoor pm 2019, shahshi tharoor petition, shashi tharoo as pm candidate, shahsi tharoor as pm, shashi tharoor narerndra modi, tharoor modi, modi tharoor An online petition wants to see Shashi Tharoor as PM candidate in 2019. (Source: FB/ShashiTharoo)

Following the thrashing of Congress in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017, an online petition is trying to project Shashi Tharoor as the PM candidate for 2019 General Elections. A former senior UN official and Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor is a dynamic personality. He is not just a politician but also a writer, thinker, diplomat with deep knowledge of the national and international issues and an excellent public speaker. But then, is he cut out for the rough and tough of Indian General Elections —  that involve wooing people across the length and breadth of India’s diversity?

Here are a few reasons that suggest otherwise and why Tharoor can’t lift Congress’ fortunes in 2019:

  • Tharoor, no doubt is a charismatic personality. But he is not connected to the ground and common people beyond Kerala. His appeal is limited to urban, educated youth of the country. Tharoor cannot attract rural Indians, especially in the north, east and western parts of the country. These parts make up for the most number of seats in Parliament.
  • Campaigning during General Elections in India is a mammoth task. In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the benchmark high by carrying out probably the most number of rallies and public contact programmes for a single election. Modi pulled it off because of his over a decade-long experience in electoral politics and his background as an RSS worker since his youth.
  • In contrast, Tharoor comes across as a sophisticated intellectual whose ability to plunge into electoral politics can be questioned. Rahul Gandhi recently came out of the closet to take a deep plunge into electoral politics in UT. His effort didn’t pay off but it is unlikely that someone like Tharoor can unseat him from Congress top post.

  • Tharoor has the experience of contesting elections only in a Parliamentary Constituency. In 2019, if selected, he would be pitted against a confident PM Modi. This is one challenge Tharoor would rather like to avoid.
  • Tharoor is an excellent speaker of English language. But, voters in densely populated prize states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh etc. like to listen to leaders who can talk in their own language, or at least try to do so. PM Modi has set the benchmark in this regard also.

  • Congress party appears to be on an irreversible decline. Its cadres are disappointed like never before. The biggest problem of the party is at the top and prominent leaders of Congress do not seem ready even now to change their ways.
  • To take on Modi, Congress needs a grounded leader who can talk in the language of the people and not like Rahul Gandhi, who often doesn’t seem to know what he is speaking about. Pitting Tharoor as PM candidate against Modi, hence, would also not make much difference for the party’s fortunes.

However, if Tharoor actually starts some ground work from now, he may stand a good chance of giving a tough fight to Modi. But, can Tharoor do so? The bigger question than the previous on is: Can Tharoor manage to pip Rahul Gandhi and become the face of the party.

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    ConcernedNetizen
    Mar 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    The last sentence of the article sums it up all. Then why waste time in publishing all the sentences? Just leave the last sentence and delete everything else.
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      Concerned
      Mar 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm
      If people of Shashi Tharoor's calibre and stature are being written down like this, I worry about the immediate and long term effects of being governed essentially by the biggest vote banks. Those lead to the downfall of minorities and result in gross instability.
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        ek
        Mar 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm
        I support Tharoor ... NOT for 2019 PM Candidate ... but, for President of Congress RIGHT NOW ... !!!
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          Jignesh
          Mar 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm
          Isn't Tharoor the suspect in his wife's murder case? I don't have the details but I thought there is something in the story which is not out yet.Tharoor as Congress candidate is sure shot win for BJP. Please go ahead with the plan.
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            raja
            Mar 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm
            That will be really interesting historically! PM Beta hindustan ka, Bahu stanka!
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              Krish
              Mar 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm
              No need to worry too much about these things now as there is no vacancy at the top in the Party right now. More over the Party appears to be in a terminal decline now and we have to see whether they will reach the bottom before thinking of any revival. Wait and watch Krish
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                IR Fan
                Mar 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm
                The only way to stop BJP is for Rahul hi to switch the party from Congress and become a member of BJP and BJP will lose on its own.
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                  Rabi Mishra
                  Mar 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                  Tharoor is good at wime and women. Have you also forgotten his "cattle cl" comment for economy cl travellers in planes? Have you forgotten the mysterious death of his last wife? These two comments sum up the real Tharoor. Besides forget for at least 25 years for a Keralite to be the CM of India.The best bet could be Chidu, the crook. Unfortunately he cant speak Hindi. And that shuts him up.
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                    Nail on
                    Mar 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                    He will surely sell India to ISI & stan being loyal servant to his pay master/s! he even sacrificed his wife when she was about to expose ISI role in Indian Cricket will he hesitate to sacrifice India?
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                      Niharika
                      Mar 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                      Mr.Modi is a gr root leader, an organisation man who rose from the base to the top most position of his party and the country, thats why he can speak the language of the people- in short he a m leader. A bJP equivalent of Sashi Tharoor can be Mr.arun Jaitley. Let Sashi Tharoor or rahul hi first win a state election as CM face and show their administrative qualities as CM before they dare to face Mr.Modi in 2019. The best bet for congress is to bring back Mamata in the party and make her the PM face. She is the biggest m leader congress can have after Indira who rose from nothing to beat the mighty CPM twice. She has the guts and she can at least give a good fight. If she joins congress, their current tally will become around 80 in Loksabha. Meanwhile Rahul should take charge of a state unit and try to rise from base, stop considering himself a PM candidate just because he is born in certain family. Indian voters have alternative, till congress and hi family corrects them, become more democratic, it will be very difficult for them to come 2nd in 2019. Also all PMs, Party president should make way for new generation after two terms like US presidents. If they want to come back then they should go for a colling period of 10 years from electoral politics.
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                      1. Nivas Lakshminarasimhan
                        Mar 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                        He is already their star campaigner!
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                        1. Nivas Lakshminarasimhan
                          Mar 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                          The real question is... Would people want Shashi Tharoor being remote-controlled by the hi high command, as MMS was.... Is that the change that they are really looking for?
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                          1. Nivas Lakshminarasimhan
                            Mar 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm
                            Would people want Shashi Tharoor being remote-controlled by the hi high command, as MMS was.... Is that the change that they are really looking for?
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                              murali
                              Mar 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                              Then BJP will speed-en up the wife death case.
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