The Congress party reached its zenith in the 1980s. It was the lone political power house in the country. But since then, it has been on a continuous decline which doesn’t seem to end in the near future. The Azad resignation episode has sent a shock wave in the party which seems to be in a state of shock and confusion. This very well have the potential to start a domino effect that only stops at the complete annihilation of Congress party.
Ghulam Nabi Azad gets the ball rolling
Yesterday, on 26th August, a veteran politician Ghulam Nabi Azad ended his five long decade stint with the Congress party. He addressed a five-page lengthy resignation letter to the Interim Party President, Sonia Gandhi.
In his departing letter, he launched a blistering attack on the “sycophants” working within the party. He took a jibe on the immature behaviour of Rahul Gandhi as well.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad severs all ties with Congress Party pic.twitter.com/RuVvRqGSj5
— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2022
He highlighted the immature behaviour of Rahul Gandhi and raked the episode of 2013, when arrogant Rahul Gandhi tore a government ordinance. He blamed this fiasco as one of the major reasons for Congress’ debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Former J&K CM Azad termed that “childish” Rahul ended the consultative mechanism in the party. He accused of the party is being functioned through a remote control by Rahul Gandhi and his security guards, PAs.
He didn’t spare the farce that is going on, for the post of Congress President. He made it categorically clear that no ‘proxies’ can restore the party’s legacy. He made a bold prediction that this farce of an experiment is doomed to fail.
Azad stated that the “chosen one”, reportedly Ashok Gehlot, will be nothing more than a puppet on a string.
Adding further, “Unfortunately after the entry of Shri Rahul Gandhi into politics & particularly after January 2013 when he was appointed as VP by you, the entire consultative mechanism which existed earlier was demolished by him”.
"Unfortunately after entry of Shri Rahul Gandhi into politics & particularly after January 2013 when he was appointed as VP by you, the entire consultative mechanism which existed earlier was demolished by him," says GN Azad in his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi pic.twitter.com/20mbQsscSZ
— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2022
Disgruntled Azad stressed that senior and experienced leaders were discarded, while taking important decisions. He lambasted that a new coterie of inexperienced sycophants hijacked the Congress party.
He even mocked the party’s dilapidated state and its ambitions to corner the Modi government through Bharat JodoYatra. He wrote, “In fact, before starting Bharat JodoYatra the leadership should have undertaken a Congress Jodo exercise across the country.”
Congress leaders in disarray
It seems that every Congress leader has an emergency statement well prepared in case of an exit from the party. This year alone Congress has to go through at least 12 high profile exits.
High profile exits from Congress in 2022 so far:
Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy
Ghulam Nabi Azad
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 26, 2022
This has opened upan opportunity for the party leaders to climb the ladder in the party. They are leaving no chance in sycophancy of the Gandhi family and bashing their deserter colleague.
Many senior leaders directly or indirectly have called Ghulam Nabi Azad as betrayer, greedy, irrelevant and what not. This tweet is just a satirical illustration of how Congress leaders have described Ghulam Nabi Azad.
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) August 27, 2022
Here are a few examples of senior Congress leaders hitting out at their former colleague, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
जब राज्यसभा खत्म हुई तो आप तड़पने लग गए, बिना पद के आप एक पल नहीं रह सकते।
— Congress (@INCIndia) August 26, 2022
41 साल – 1980 से 2021 तक गाँधी परिवार की चार पीढ़ियों के साथ लगातार सत्ता का आनंद लिया (24 साल केंद्रीय मंत्री, 5 साल CM, 35 साल महासचिव)।
अब उसी नेतृत्व और दल में सभी दोष नज़र आने लगे।
व्यक्ति के चरित्र का यही मानक हैं।
खुद सत्ता में, तो सब ठीक।
सत्ता से ज़रा बाहर, तो सब ग़लत। https://t.co/eA5ekzJk0G
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 26, 2022
If Mr. Azad and his remote control think his resignation will destabilise the Congress party’s Mehangai Rally on Sept 4th and the launch of the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Sept 7th, they are grossly mistaken. The resignation has further strengthened our resolve!
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 26, 2022
Ghulam Nabi Azad while being in Congress enjoyed power in the last 40 yrs either in party or in govt. If he had issues, he could have raised them but he was a mute spectator. As he didn't get an RS seat he took such a step: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/LbH14L5jSo
— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2022
However, the more significant statement was of disgruntled G-23 leader Manish Tiwari. His cryptic statement could be a double-edged sword cutting both ways. It seems that he may want to give a last try for the Congress party to chance its failing course, without openly surrendering before the Congress high command.
Congress leader, a member of rebel G-23 group, Manish Tiwari said, “..strange that people who don’t have capacity to fight a ward poll, were “chaprasis” of Congress leaders when (they) give “gyaan” about the party, it’s laughable…”
#WATCH | Congress MP M Tewari says, "Don't want to go into merits of Mr Azad's letter, he'd be in best position to explain…But strange that people who don't have capacity to fight a ward poll, were "chaprasis" of Congress leaders when give "gyaan" about party it's laughable…" pic.twitter.com/9dKLO2y2S8
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2022
However, Congress has become synonymous with chaos and confusion. Not every leader is parroting the same party line, some are hinting that they may be in line for next desertion. Evidently, Prithviraj Chavan came out in support of Ghulam Nabi Azad. He reiterated that the Congress should not have a puppet President.
The desertion from the Congress party is far from over. There is a long list of disgruntled leaders who are standing in defiance of the autocratic behaviour of the Congress high-command. Leaders like Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, Anand Sharma, Manish Tiwari, Vivek Tankha and other leaders from rebel G18 (G23 after exits) group much-like Raj Babbar, they might also ditch the sinking mother-ship of Congress.
So, it is for sure that the exit of Ghulam Nabi Azad is just the beginning and there are many more who want to be Azad from the tyranny of an immature politician.
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