Clueless Congress throws its hands up in the air
While some heads are set to roll in the organisational reshuffle, the fact that Gujarat is the latest addition to a list of states where the party has not been in power for about two decades or more is set to dominate the party’s brainstorming session, “Chintan Baithak”, due in Jaipur in the third week of January.
The Congress lost power in Gujarat in 1995, in Uttar Pradesh in 1989, in Bihar in 1990, and in Tripura in 1993. It has been out of power in West Bengal for more than three decades barring the brief stint as the TMC’s junior ally. In Tamil Nadu, it has not come to power on its own for well over four decades.
Alarmingly for the party, as the Gujarat results showed, its leadership seems clueless about what it needs to do to stop being pushed to the political margins in such states.
The Congress had sought to put its best foot forward in Gujarat this time, offering doles, maintaining silence about the post-Godhra riots to avoid polarisation on communal lines, giving limited exposure to Rahul Gandhi to deny Modi the opportunity to turn it into a Rahul-versus-Modi election, keeping the focus of the campaign on development or the lack of it, denying tickets to those who had lost last two consecutive
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