Sharad Pawar’s Dig At Congress Has Some Truth And Sonia And Rahul Wont Like It
- Once leaving Congress, Sharad Pawar had formed his own separate party
- Today, Pawar said on the condition of Congress – Truth has to be accepted!
- Sharad Pawar said – Congress is the landlord who could not save the mansion
- Congress party is facing the biggest crisis since the establishment
Sharad Pawar, who left the Congress 22 years ago in the face of Sonia Gandhi, has made a very accurate comment. Pawar clearly said that the Congress should accept that it has no more such clout. What Pawar said by comparing the Congress and the landlords may sound bad to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, but it is absolutely true. What Pawar is saying, many Congressmen have also said the same thing with a suppressed tongue. It remains to be seen when the Congress high command comes into action keeping this in mind.
Pawar told the reality of Congress
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader made this comment on the Congress in a media group program. Pawar was asked a question about the leadership of the Congress, in response, Pawar told an anecdote.
I had told a story about the landlords of Uttar Pradesh who used to have a lot of land and big havelis. Their land was reduced due to the Land Ceiling Act. The havelis remained but the capacity (of the landlords) to maintain and repair them was not there. Their income from agriculture was also not the same as before. His land was reduced from several thousand acres to 15-20 acres. When the zamindar woke up in the morning, he saw the surrounding green fields and said that all the land that is there was once his but is not now.
Sharad Pawar, NCP leader
Pawar made another important point. In a way, he suggested to his old party, “There was a time when there was Congress from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, but now it is not so. This (truth) should be accepted. This (fact) mentality to accept ( When there is (within Congress) the closeness (with other opposition parties) will increase.”
Pawar is not wrong, Congress is in ICU
The Congress high command may not accept this, but the party is going through the biggest crisis in its history. Many senior party leaders have openly said that the party needs introspection. The group of leaders known as the G-23 even wrote a scathing letter to the interim president, Sonia Gandhi. Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Kerala… In many states, the Congress is battling with internal strife. The electoral performance is even worse.
In the 2019 elections, the party barely crossed the 50-seat mark in the Lok Sabha. In 2014, the Congress had made a record of poor performance. Even in the assembly elections, the Congress did not look that strong. Congress has its own government in only two states (Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh). It has coalition government in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu.
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state new, script same
The Congress, which ruled the country for decades, is today in power in just three states on its own. In those three states too, the party is grappling with internal strife. The biggest threat to Congress is not from BJP, which talks of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. The danger to the Congress is from the ongoing battle within itself. The state changes but the script remains the same. A fight of Congress vs Congress which is putting the very existence of the party in danger. Perhaps the party’s defeat in two consecutive Lok Sabha elections and several important assembly elections has created a leadership crisis. For the last two years, the Congress has not even had a full-time president.
If not handled then Congress will be shattered
The Congress has lost many leaders after being out of power at the Centre. The names of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jitin Prasad are fresh in the mind. Both joined BJP. Apart from this, Krishna Tirath, GK Vasan, Chaudhary Birender Singh, Jayanti Natarajan, Tom Vadakkan, Ranjeet Deshmukh, Rita Bahugun Joshi, Urmita Mantodkar, Khushboo Sundar, PC Chacko … the list of leaders who are unhappy with the functioning of the party is very long. Having left. If Congress does not take course correction soon, it is bound to disintegrate again.
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One by one the grip is getting loose in these states.
In Punjab, the tussle between Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu has increased the trouble. The internal strife in the state ahead of the assembly elections next year has tarnished the party’s hopes. In Chhattisgarh, the tussle between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and senior minister TS Singh Deo is still going on. The shadow of the dispute between CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot in the Congress unit of Rajasthan is still there. Due to internal factionalism, the power of Madhya Pradesh was lost from the hands of Congress. Jyotiraditya Scindia, close to Rahul Gandhi, left the party after being sidelined.
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There is no one else to defeat the party in the assembly elections of Assam, the same old soldier Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now in BJP and is the new Chief Minister of the state. In Kerala too, there is a tussle going on between the Congressmen. Karnataka, which was once a Congress stronghold, is now ruled by the BJP. Seeing the states slipping out of the hands of Congress one by one, Sharad Pawar seems to be quite right that the land is being snatched slowly from the hands of a landlord.
Pawar himself had also rebelled against the Congress.
In the dramatic developments of 1999, the 12th Lok Sabha was dissolved. Elections to the 13th Lok Sabha were announced. Then the command of Congress was in the hands of Sonia Gandhi. Pawar was in Congress then. He, along with PA Sangma and Tariq Anwar, proposed that an Indian be made the prime ministerial candidate and not Sonia who grew up in Italy. Action was decided considering the way Sonia had controlled the party by sidelining Sitaram Kesari.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) expelled the three leaders for six years. In response, Pawar and Sangma together laid the foundation of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). After a tussle with Sonia, after the assembly elections in Maharashtra in the same year, the NCP and Congress formed a coalition government together. However, Pawar did not return to state politics. When the Congress-led UPA came to power in 2004, Pawar became a minister at the Centre.
Condition of Congress like landlord: Pawar
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