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Perestroika!

Introspection, strategising, revamp. Congress mulls over its all-too-familiar mantras.

Perestroika!
Jitender Gupta
Perestroika!
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
Congress president Sonia Gandhi's cup of woes brimmeth over. Facing the most trying phase in her political career since the party's split in 1999, she is under pressure on multiple fronts. The clamour for re-strategising and revamping the party in the wake of the recent poll debacle is becoming too insistent to be ignored. Then the Ajit Jogi episode erupted. If that were not enough, after Karunakaran in Kerala, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has openly challenged Amarinder Singh's leadership in Punjab.

The footsoldiers are deeply concerned about the weakening of the party's hold over traditional votebanks. But the party brass has been too preoccupied to notice the signals from the weaker sections among the electorate. The party's defeat in the tribal belts of MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and the loss of a chunk of SC seats—the BJP won 60 out of 77 SC and 77 out of 99 ST seats in the three states put together—is seen by many MPs as a grave concern. Likewise, the Congress debacle in the Jat belt of Rajasthan, once its greatest strength, has alarmed leaders from the...
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