24 October, 2020

Big Fat Egos To Deal With, Sonia Gandhi's 'Window Dressing' Leaves Congress Gasping Ahead Of Assembly Polls

Still reeling from the Lok Sabha drubbing, it’s a Congress in flight

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Big Fat Egos To Deal With, Sonia Gandhi's 'Window Dressing' Leaves Congress Gasping Ahead Of Assembly Polls
outlookindia.com
2019-09-25T18:22:37+05:30

Come October, the Congress will have a chance to halt the saffron juggernaut in the poll-bound states of Maharashtra and Haryana, besides over a dozen assembly segments across the country set for bypolls. By all accounts, though, it won’t. The ­situation in Jharkhand and Delhi is no different.

On September 12, at a meeting of her party’s top central and state leaders, Sonia Gandhi looked visibly frustrated at seeing a Congress she had revived from the wilderness years of 1996 to 2004 descend once again into an existential crisis. She has set about on a course-correction, but with assembly polls weeks away and her party virtually imploding, the task at hand is an ­onerous one. She has to navigate big fat egos of regional satraps and keep her alliances intact, while also rebuilding her party at the grassroots. “The task isn’t easy, but I will work together with all party colleagues to make the Congress battle-ready for the polls,” says Kumari Selja, the newly appointed Haryana Congress chief. Similar sentiments are echoed by her newly...

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