The Indian National Congress, which boasts about how it fought for Independence from Britishers, is facing an existential crisis. India is walking on the path of making a ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’. Well, the party has no idea of Bharat, as according to its ex-chief Rahul Gandhi, India is just a Union of States.
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Congress has been brushed aside by the voters in India. Political analysts believe that, with governments in just three states, it should not be called a National Party anymore. Not only Indian voters, but the ‘reformists’ within the Congress have picked up the gauntlet to erase the name of the party from the Indian subcontinent.
Manish Tewari: A Congress Giant, now a Reformist
“Main bolta hun to ilm bagawat ka hai, main chup rahun to bebasi si hoti hai” (If I speak then it is perceived as rebellion, if I keep quiet I become helpless), This is not a Bollywood song, but a tweet of giant Congress leader Manish Tewari, whose exit from the party has been speculated for a while by the media.
मैं बोलता हूं तो इल्म है बगावत का,
मैं चुप रहूं तो बेवसी सी होती है।
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) February 16, 2022
Manish Tewari, the former Information and Broadcasting Minister in the UPA Government has now and again thrown Congress under the bus. In his recently published book, Manish Tewari stood against his own Congress Government. In his book titled, ’10 Flash Points; 20 Years- National Security Situations that Impacted India’ he went all guns blazing against the UPA government for its weak reaction in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks.
Manish Tewari: “Not a tenant, but partner in Congress”
In a recent interview with news agency ANI, the senior leader mentioned that he has contributed 40 major years of his life to Congress and is not a tenant but a partner in the Party.
Tewari said, “I have said it earlier also. I am not a kirayedar(tenant) but a rishtedaar (partner) in the Congress Party. Agar koi dhakke mar kar bahar nikalega (if anyone wants to push me out), that will be a different thing. But as far as I am concerned, I have given 40 years of my life to this party. Our family has shed blood for the sake of the country’s unity.”
Manish Tewari also responded to CM Channi’s “bhhaiya” remark, saying that statements like these create social bias against migrants. He even compared the ‘bhaiya’ controversy to the Black issue of the United States.
The role of Manish Tewari has been limited to his own Lok Sabha constituency. He was also dropped from the party’s Star Campaigner list. Now, his criticism of ‘bhaiya row’ has come up amid talks of his exit from the party. Least to forget he was a part of 23 leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding reforms in the functioning of the party.
Reforms in Congress and G-23
Political parties rise and fall, but Congress has lost all hopes of revival and is a ‘sinking-ship’ now. The party among itself has grown separate factions all of which are taking the parties in different directions.
Congress in the past has been broken several times by none other than its own members. Currently, several factions exist within the party. After allegations of scams in the UPA 2.0, the base of the grand old party started thinning. After the 2014 Parliamentary Elections, Congress lost its major political ground across India. In the 2019 elections, party president Rahul Gandhi lost his seat to BJP’s Smriti Irani after which he resigned from the post and Sonia Gandhi took over as an interim head. The power switch from son to mother did no good to the party.
The G23 faction developed after that demanding reforms in the party. The G23 leaders have publicly claimed that the Congress party has been ‘weakening’ and they have come forward to strengthen it. One of the vocal demands of the group has been free and fair organizational elections.
The G23 group has made it clear that it is not a ‘jee huzur’ group and political pundits believe this faction along with others will dig the grave of the party. The factions like G23 and vocal voices against the establishment have been crippling the already handicapped Congress.
The protracted battle between the dissenters and the Gandhi family has been negatively affecting the party. As the tussle continues, the day is no longer when the factions within the party will dissolve Congress.