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Falling With The Rupee

Brand Sonia is bedraggled as the Congress goes into freefall

Falling With The Rupee
Illustration by Sorit
Falling With The Rupee
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The Congress party has been a victim of two viciously crafted political fads. The first is the BJP’s ‘remote-controlled’ PM. Initially, the Left had been the spoilers of the India Story. Then it was Mamata Banerjee. Now, the reform camp is increasingly emboldened to make the ‘Sonia Establishment’ the latest scapegoat for its own failures. And that is the other fad.

The new insinuations have come as a double blow to the Congress, which is already defending UPA-II’s many other misdemeanours, like the corruption scandals and unch­ec­ked price surges. There is also great consternation over the way alibis for the economic failures are being put at the party’s door by those considered close to the government. Signals from the ground are frightening for the ruling party. Last time, it had the Sonia Gandhi’s employment programme and debt relief to show off as achievements. Now, party workers in the constituencies are left with no showpiece except the rat­her unpopular direct benefits transfer (DBT) to place before the voters. Sonia Gandhi’s aam aadmi programmes—such as the public services del­ivery bill, RTE and food security sch­eme—are stuck at different stages.    

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