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‘Not His 1st, Sporadic Faux Pas Will Cost Cong’: Sanjay Jha’s Caution as RaGa Flies Out on Party’s 136th Year

As Congress celebrated its 136th Basis Day on Monday, suspended social gathering chief Sanjay Jha claimed that the highest management within the social gathering “lacks the self-drive wanted for transformation”.

In an interview to CNN-Information18, Jha stated that regardless of having sufficient political expertise, Rahul Gandhi has didn’t create a imaginative and prescient map for the social gathering and India and “extended intervals of hibernation have saved many within the Congress intrigued and fearful”. Edited excerpts:

Congress wants starvation, vitality and ambition — the type demonstrated by Indira Gandhi after the 1977 humiliation. The present management lacks the self-drive wanted for a metamorphosis.

2020 has been a nasty 12 months for the Congress. Necessary state elections are developing. Do you suppose the social gathering can bounce again within the coming 12 months?

Congress wants starvation, vitality and ambition — the type demonstrated by Indira Gandhi after the 1977 humiliation. The present management lacks the self-drive wanted for a metamorphosis. Technically, the Congress could be very a lot within the sport in Assam and Kerala, albeit there are rising headwinds there. It ought to begin an aggressive marketing campaign now. Tamil Nadu needs to be within the bag with DMK, though I feel the social gathering needs to be pragmatic in seat-sharing and search for alliance victory and never be grasping. Puducherry will be retained. West Bengal is up within the air, however even a truncated TMC would possibly want a Left-Congress assist if BJP does properly. So it’s as much as the Congress to make 2021 a turnaround 12 months or fade away into obsolescence.

In your e-book you point out Rahul Gandhi as a pleasant man. Clearly, that’s not sufficient.

Rahul is an effective human being and has noble intentions. He has sufficient political expertise to have by now created a imaginative and prescient map for the social gathering and India, however he not often articulates them. This lack of accessibility and extended intervals of hibernation have saved many within the Congress intrigued. And fearful. A frontrunner should provoke conversations, invite criticism and suggestions and invigorate the social gathering employees. Sadly, Rahul has completed them however patchily. He has been inconsistent. I feel his largest downside is a coterie that retains him insulated and thus blind to political realities. And prefer it or not, the buck stops with him.

Sonia Gandhi met the 23 senior leaders who wrote the letter of dissent however their foremost demand has but to see realisation. The management problem stays. Is it time for Congress to maneuver past the Gandhis?

The management is the elephant within the room. Straight and easy. The folks of India need Congress to do properly however they need a brand new management. We will’t be like an ostrich within the sand completely.

Congress celebrates its 136th basis day at present however Rahul is absent. Is that this the difficulty together with his management?

It’s a milestone day within the dazzling historical past of the Grand Outdated Social gathering of India. It’s a momentous event. I can see that on Twitter persons are ridiculing Rahul yet again. I’m positive Rahul may have simply averted this uncalled for dangerous publicity because it has not occurred for the primary time. He’s conscious of the probably penalties. In public life, notion typically issues greater than actuality. His political model has flattened, and such sporadic fake pas will harm it. The truth that Rahul has nonetheless not taken the “optics and atmospherics” significantly will damage each him and the Congress.

Priyanka was current on the basis day. Is she a greater chief and possibility for the Congress? Is that this the tip of the highway? Can something assist it?

I stay satisfied that regardless of the present moribund state of the Congress, it will probably resurrect itself. And rapidly. As a result of the social gathering luckily has glorious dedicated floor stage employees who’re maybe extra keen about its political fortunes than the heavyweights residing in flamboyant bungalows in Lutyens Delhi. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is intrinsically sharp, powerful as nuts, good communicator and has a pleasant disposition. It’s unfair to guage her based mostly on UP to date. The social gathering has obliterated itself there for many years. Former President Pratibha Patil had as soon as instructed me that Priyanka ought to head Mahila Congress to have a nationwide footprint and pull in girls voters. That’s price contemplating.

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