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Why Congress Needs To Evolve Into A Credible Force Again

Reviving Congress

Why Congress Needs To Evolve Into A Credible Force Again

The ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ gains significance in the sense that it offers ideological clarity to the party and may help it to energise the cadre and emerge as a challenge to the BJP

The Long March: The ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ launched in Kanyakumari Photo: PTI

There has been a significant buzz around the Indian National Congress in the last couple of months. It is as if someone has jerked the party out of a long stupor. The Congress has realised that if it continues to diminish, it will be wiped out beyond repair. The grand old party is working its way to regain the appeal and trust it once enjoyed with the Indian masses. The recent statement of its communications chief, Jairam Ramesh, that a strong Congress is an ‘important pillar’ in the Opposition unity, therefore, holds value. One can sniff the Congress’s desperation to remain relevant in the Opposition and revive itself.

Two recent events illustrate how the Congress has started working on reviving its cadre and is trying to change public perception. First, the display of recent elections for the Congress presidentship. The party wanted the election to happen in full media glare so that it could exhibit the existence of internal democracy and dispel claims made to the contrary. A president outside the Gandhi family, at least symbolically, established that the Gandhis’ dominance over the party is receding. Speaking to Outlook, a Congress worker says, “The fact that Shashi Tharoor got around a thousand votes established that the Congress is a democratic party, unlike the BJP.”

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