29 November, 2020

The Grey Area

Scindia's death creates a vacuum and also reinforces the image of a party led by a gerontocracy

AP
The Grey Area
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Still stunned, still looking for answers rather than solutions, the Congress party is grappling to come to terms with Madhavrao Scindia's death, coming as it does after a series of tragedies that have befallen the second line of leadership. Initially, Rajesh Pilot's death last June was written off as an unfortunate road accident. Then, Jitendra Prasada's brain haemorrhage made the more superstitious among the Congress talk of the stars not being kind to the party. But most dismissed it as a coincidence. A senior Congress MP even joked with Scindia that perhaps he was the next target. Scindia laughed it off, not realising that death would soon come calling.

However, after September 30, no one is joking anymore. Ashen-faced and bewildered MPs are still to address the most crucial question of all: who will replace Madhavrao Scindia in the party hierarchy? Sources in 10, Janpath claim that Sonia Gandhi has not yet decided if she is going to appoint another deputy leader of the Congress in Parliament. But most concede the exercise is not as simple as picking a name out of a hat....
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