31 July, 2021

That Sinking Feeling

Congress dissenters convene a show of defiance in Jammu; decrying them, first family loyalists highlight the exertions of Rahul-Priyanka for the upcoming elections.

Rahul takes a dunk in the sea off Kerala
Photographs by PTI
That Sinking Feeling

After a brief lull, the Congress is once again at war with itself even as it goes into high-stakes electoral battles against formidable opponents—the BJP, in particular—in four states and a Union Territory. The uneasy truce that ailing interim party chief Sonia Gandhi had brokered last December, when a faction of Congress leaders demanded sweeping organisational reforms, has run its course.

Viral videos of Rahul Gandhi sea diving off the Kerala coast, his ‘push up challenge’ to a school student and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra learning how to pluck tea leaves at Assam’s Sadhuru tea garden may proffer supporters some hope of an electoral revival for the crisis-ridden party. However, the coming together of erstwhile Nehru-Gandhi family loyalists in Jammu last week to reiterate concerns over the withering edifice of India’s grand old party is evidence that knives are, once again, out for the 135-year-old organisation’s ruling family.

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