Apropos of the edit “Congress-mukt Bharat?” (FE, May 20), the Congress party, being a centrist party, should not be allowed to die. But there is no denying that the present leadership has to go if the party has to survive.
Let Congress remain, leadership go
Apropos of the edit “Congress-mukt Bharat?” (FE, May 20), the Congress party, being a centrist party, should not be allowed to die. But there is no denying that the present leadership has to go if the party has to survive. After the NDA lost the elections in 2004 and 2009, all the aged leaders (LK Advani, MM Joshi, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha et al) were forced to retire from party posts. A new team at the helm, of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, won the 2014 elections. If Advani had tried for a third time, NDA would have lost again. When Labour lost the election in the UK, Ed Miliband resigned. The Indian people have matured and do not accept dynastic leadership. While Karunanidhi promoting son Stalin and Gogoi trying to introduce Gogoi Jr did little for electoral gains in the recent state elections, more and more leaders at the top have risen till there. They alone are seen to work for the people. There are bitter memories of Karunanidhi holding up government formation (UPA II) for 10 days with just 18 Mps, bargaining for ministries for his children, Azhagiri and Kanimozhi. For the Congress to reinvent itself, Sonia Gandhi should quit as Congress president, a post she has been hanging on to for over 20 years. The party is absolutely devoid of capable hard working political leaders, so talent has to be brought in from outside. For the UPA, One of the non-NDA chief ministers, with prime ministerial ambitions, has to be offered the post. Ideally, Mamata Banerjee, because she is a former Congress member, but Nitish Kumar could also do the job. Their party (TMC or JDU) should be invited to become part of the UPA. If the Congress continues with Rahul or Priyanka, in 2019 , it may not even be the second-largest party in the Lok Sabha.
Reeja N, via e-mail