News Analysis: Is Congress’s experiment of Team Rahul a total failure?
Has the Congress experiment of creating a technology of younger leaders that got here to be recognized as Team Rahul utterly failed? With Jitin Prasada following Jyotiraditya Scindia in becoming a member of the BJP, such query is being to be requested within the Congress, particularly among the many veterans.
In the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, whereas taking up the incumbent BJP-led National Democratic Alliance authorities, the Congress fielded many kids to coincide with Mr. Gandhi’s debut as a Lok Sabha member from Amethi. Apart from Mr. Prasada and and Mr. Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Sandeep Dikshit, Milind Deora, Madhu Yaski Goud, Deepender Hooda, Manish Tewari and RPN Singh had been all given ticket. While Mr. Tewari and Mr. Singh misplaced the elections, they had been half of the Congress’s Young Turks even earlier than they turned Lok Sabha members in 2009.
The concept was to copy Indira Gandhi’s January 1980 Lok Sabha election technique to construct a crew round Sanjay Gandhi that threw up leaders like Kamal Nath and Captain Amarinder Singh, who finally labored with Rajiv Gandhi.
But 16 years later, a number of Young Turks, now of their late 40s and 50s, are both ‘disillusioned’ or selected to cross over to the ruling get together.
G23’s letter to Sonia
Mr. Tewari and Mr. Dikshit are a half of the group of 23 dissenters (G23) that wrote a letter to get together chief Sonia Gandhi, asking for a revamp of theorganisation; Mr. Deora finds himself on the margins of the get together, Mr. Pilot is struggling to re-establish himself after unsuccessfully rebelling in opposition to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The 2019 Lok Sabha ballot loss, coupled with a energy tussle with Digvijaya Singh and Mr. Nath, prompted Mr. Scindia to go away the Congress final 12 months, and now, Mr. Prasada is claimed to have left after his personal evaluation of the Congress faring poorly in subsequent 12 months’s Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
“Jitin Prasada Joins BJP. The question is will he get “prasada” from BJP or is he simply a ‘catch’ for UP elections ? In such offers if ‘ideology’ doesn’t matter changeover is simple,” Kapil Sibal mentioned on Twitter on Thursday.
Mr. Prasada had not received an election since 2009 — he misplaced the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls in addition to the 2017 U.P. Assembly elections — and his latest outing because the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in cost of West Bengal resulted in a catastrophe, because the get together drew a clean.
Sense of drift
His a lot publicised exit provides to the sense of drift that exists within the Congress.
The get together is firefighting in Punjab as rivalry between Captain Amarinder and Navjot Singh Sidhu has peaked forward of the following 12 months’s Assembly polls; factionalism has resurfaced in Rajasthan with Mr. Pilot and his supporters overtly expressing dissatisfaction, the management is but to work out a workable compromise with G23; and eventually, the query of management nonetheless stays open.
“The problem is at the top. The arrangement of power-sharing between the Congress president and Mr. Gandhi with no responsibility won’t work anymore,” mentioned a member of G23,including, “None of us is leaving the party. We are here to change the way we function”.