26 November, 2020

Future Tense -- Rahul, Priyanka, Akhilesh, Tejashwi In No Mood To Rebuild Their Parties

Once projected by the Opposition as leaders to look out for, the heirs apparent seem to be fading away

Future Tense -- Rahul, Priyanka, Akhilesh, Tejashwi In No Mood To Rebuild Their Parties

If furious outbursts on Twitter could help political parties bounce back from electoral ignominy, the shattered Opposition would have, by now, scripted a historic comeback. On a high from its unprece­dented 303 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, the ruling BJP, how­ever, shows no signs of complacency, drafting new members, flagging off yatras in poll-bound states like Maha­rash­tra, Haryana and Jharkhand, and wrecking rivals with a perpe­tual poaching campaign. By contrast, over three months after they were left with more than a bloody nose at the hustings, the many political heirs apparent—­Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Tejashwi Yadav, Akhilesh Yad­av, H.D. Kumara­swamy et al— who, until six months ago, were projected by their respective parties as the leaders to look out for, have been largely missing from the scene.

Announcing his decision to quit the Congress presidency soon after the poll debacle, Rahul had said he would continue to fight the BJP “with 10 times more vigour”. The Congress wasted over two...



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