Congress in In the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, is all set to constitute their government. Though, the celebrations were outshined by the protests and agitations over the name of chief minister since december 8, 2022 when the results were declared. The political turmoil that continued for the past two days has come to an end with a consensus on the name of Sukhwinder Singh ‘Sukhu’, a four-time MLA and chairman of the Congress’ state election campaign committee as the new Chief Minister. Mukesh Agnihotri will be his deputy.
The party’s central observers announced the election of 58-year-old Sukhu as the Congress legislature party leader after the meeting of MLAs on Saturday evening here following days of intense lobbying by aspirants including Pratibha Singh, the state unit chief and wife of late party stalwart Virbhadra Singh.
Congress bagged 40 seats, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 25 seats, and others three. The Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP) failed to open its account.
The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Sunday and senior leaders including party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will attend.
Congress that once used to be the primary political party in the country has not only lost its reach but vote bank too. This has predominantly happened as Congress failed to read the nerves of its voters, loyal for decades. Rahul Gandhi has failed miserably as party president as RaGa has never been interested in the active politics. Inspite of his sister Priyanka always been interested in politics, the party never thought of fetching her for important positions like party president.
Another reason why the party is on the verge of ruining is its ‘dynasty politics’, the cult structure of Congress as members can’t see any name beyond the Gandhi’s. On Friday, veteran Congressman and Indira loyalist Ghulam Nabi Azad called party election as “farce and sham”. There is nothing wrong if veterans expect a prized position within the party. Infact, the party needs a leader and not a poster-boy.
On Saturday, veteran Congressman Mallikarjun Kharge said, they are trying to convince RaGa to accept party presidentship as there are no face pan-India who could promote and carry forward Congress legacy. He further said, Rahul Gandhi is himself not keen in becoming party president but the members have unanimously decided to request RaGa to become president.
This in itself once again explains the mindset of Congress members that cannot see any name beyond the Gandhi’s. Perhaps, people like Jyotiraditya Scindia or Sachin Pilot can give a better leadership to the party. However, Kharge did not mention the name of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra even once whom we all saw doing a great job as Uttar Pradesh incharge during the state Assembly Elections in 2022. Priyanka reached out to a large number of women with her “beti hoon, lad sakti hoon” campaign.
Congress today, needs a leader who can help the party to pass the litmus test, and not a poster-boy for pan-India publicity.
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