22 October, 2020

As Rahul Gandhi Shies Away, Can Sonia Gandhi Salvage Congress’ Sinking Ship?

Whether Rahul Gandhi stays on as Congress president or goes may yet be a tough question to answer but Congress sources say Sonia Gandhi is again the leader to watch out for. The future course of the party, insiders say, will be chalked out by her.

Lost legacy?
The Congress is on the brink of invisibility
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
As Rahul Gandhi Shies Away, Can Sonia Gandhi Salvage Congress’ Sinking Ship?

On May 25, stung by the humiliating rout of his party in the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi told the party’s working committee that he was stepping down as Congress president. Rejecting calls for his continuance in ­office, Rahul gave his party collea­gues a month to find his replacement who could then carry on with the task of restructuring the organisation; making it battle-ready in time for the assembly elections due in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jhar­khand later this year.

That deadline for naming Rahul’s successor has gone by and the Congress is nowhere near resolving its leadership crisis as it was on May 25. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his second stint in office; the BJP has elected J.P. Nadda as its working president to assist Amit Shah in preparations for the assembly polls, lynching cases by goons have made a comeback and skeletons of India’s economic crisis, that had been stacked in the government’s cupboard before the general elections, have begun to tumble out.

With the newly elected Lok...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

More from Puneet Nicholas Yadav

Latest Magazine

October 26, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section