The Rot Within
- Congress is plagued by indiscipline and organisational disarray
- It is losing hold among Vokkaligas, Lingayats, backward classes, minorities and Dalits, who are all veering towards the BJP and JD(S)
- The party’s senior leaders like Mallikarjuna Kharge, Dharam Singh and H.K. Patil seem to lack motivation
- Others like Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes do not seem to be showing enough interest in Karnataka affairs
***Given its organisational spread, the Congress in Karnataka is often referred to as an ocean by rival politicians. What they mean is that, once you join the party, you are sure to get lost in its vastness. But that metaphor may well indicate the condition the party now finds itself in—its leaders are all completely at sea.
Indeed, after consequent debacles in the assembly election held in May and the crucial eight-seat byelections held in...