India’s oldest political party, Congress needs to rebrand and revamp its ideology, and Rahul Gandhi, the party president, walking out is not an option. After Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) clean sweep win of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, a disheartened Gandhi said he does not want to continue as party president.
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The Congress leaders with the likes of Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot and Randeep Singh Surjewala were seen today at Gandhi’s residence in Delhi for a meeting.
“I am and will remain a disciplined soldier of Congress and continue to fight fearlessly. But I do not want to remain the party president,” Gandhi told the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday. However, the party has not accepted his resignation.
The Congress Party, riddled with a number of scandals such as the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 1987’s Bofors, the 2008 2G scam, and the AgustaWestland Chopper scam. Time and again, the Modi-led BJP has accused the Congress of dynasty politics and nepotism and this time around, it is haunting the centuries-old party.
Besides taking responsibility for the party’s failure, Gandhi lashed out at the party veterans, P.Chidambaram, Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath, for insisting on tickets for their sons even when he was not in favor of accepting their requests. He said Gehlot spent days campaigning extensively for his son in Jodhpur and neglected the rest of the state.
With the blame game and finger-pointing continuing, Gandhi stepping down as the Congress president is not an option or a solution for the party. The party needs unity and young leaders with the interest and passion for India at heart. They need to work tirelessly and endlessly to up their game and tackle BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha Election.