Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who is more depending upon party’s performance in BJP ruled states, where Congress is directly fighting with BJP, while preparing for alliances with regional parties in other states, where Congress is not a major force, is now worrying that the party is facing `crisis of leaderhsip’.
Though there are several senior Congress leaders, including former Chief Ministers in such states, no leader is said to be matching with BJP’s Chief Ministers in popularity and also in electioneering tactics. On the otherhand, Congress leaders themselves are locked up in group rivalries and more concentrating on diluting influence of other Congress leaders, than fighting against BJP government.
Congress is failing to focus a single leader against BJP Chief Ministers. Though Rahul Gandhi personally cultivated some energetic young leaders like Sachin Pilot and Jyotiradithya Scindia, they are being challenged by `senior Congress’ leaders only. It became difficult task for the party leadership to ensure unity among its own leaders.
While BJP is mostly depending upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charishma and local Chief Minister’s electioneering capabilities, none of Congress leader is said to be matching with them in this regard.
It can’t be denied that the Congress had given a tough fight to the BJP in the recent elections. In Goa, the BJP had lost, and in Karnataka, the Congress managed to stop the BJP despite a triangular fight and anti-incumbency factor.
The recent CWC has decided in favour of alliances and Mahagathbandhan and it is almost clear now that the Congress will fight less then 300 seats, where it will take on the BJP head-on. This will be lowest number of seats for the party to contest since independence.
The Congress has to fight the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Assam, and most other N-E States. In these states, even after Rahul Gandhi’s personal intervetions failing to showcase united face of respective Congress leaders. In Rajasthan, former Chief Minsiter Ashok Ghelot is leaving no stone to `destabilize’ state Congress chief Sachin Pilot. In Madhya Pradesh, having failed to find a `suitable face’, couple of leaders were given fancy responsibilities.