Congress president Rahul Gandhi nowadays seems to be prison of his own team and forcing him to keep away from many. His inaccessibility makes him to lose several key leaders from the party. Ultimately that makes him to pay heavy price politically.
In the process, he is losing some of those leaders, who were pampered by him earlier and hit the limelight due to closeness with him. One such leader is the high-profiled Gujarat MLA AlpeshThakur.
Thakur, who was riding high during 2017 assembly polls, is now said to be disillusioned and ready to switch sides to the BJP. When he first joined the Congress, he had a hotline to Rahul Gandhi and bypassed the local Gujarat leadership.
Now Rahul has stopped taking Thakor’s calls and the state Congress leaders want to cut him to size. Not being able to get through to Rahul is a complaint heard often among Congress circles.
Very recently, a five-time Lok Sabha member from the tribal belt of Andhra Pradesh, quits the party and joined Telugu Desam Party. The main complaint of this former union minister is that he was unable to get an audience with Rahul since November.
Two years back, it was the same case. The high-profile Assam leader Himanta Biswas Sarma, who was discontended with the leadership of the long standing Congress chief minister of the state, Tarun Gogoi. He had left to BJP after failing to get patient hearing from Rahul Gandhi to his grievances. He is now very key minister in Assam’s BJP cabinet and also North East NDA Convenor.
This was the same experience of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who had allied with Congress, ignoring advise of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2017 UP Assembly polls. During polls, both Rahul and Akhilesh were seen like brothers. But after polls, Rahul stopped calling him. That was the main reason for Akhilesh’s disillusionment with Gandhis.