30 November, 2020

The 'High Command' Culture Destroying Congress, Can Sonia Gandhi Really Become A Success Story?

The masquerade of sycophancy hides the conviction in Sonia's stand that her family's association with the Congress is a 'duty', argues Rasheed Kidwai

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The 'High Command' Culture Destroying Congress, Can Sonia Gandhi Really Become A Success Story?
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2019-10-26T10:13:10+05:30

It was not a great idea to face the Congress president at the breakfast table every day, every morning. That was Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru when Indira Gandhi became AICC chief in 1959. And sixty years later, Sonia Gandhi faces her predecessor and successor (possibly) every day. For her part, she has been successful in averting a major split in the party after the disastrous 2019 general elections. But her biggest challenge comes from within. The Gandhi trio—Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka—bonds flawlessly in the family mould. But as party colleagues of consequence, the interim chief, the former AICC president and the AICC general secretary may have different views on appointments, strategy, alliances and a range of issues. Plus, the perception that Rahul—whose resignation as the AICC’s 87th president on May 25 brought her back to the helm, albeit temporarily—is an edgy and angry politician doesn’t augur well.

What if Sonia offers to bow out or sets a February 2020 deadline to get a new boss? In the absence of a contender or free...

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