22 October, 2020

The Up Virus Spreads

The Congress base is fast eroding in every state, thanks to a befuddled think-tank and feuds

The Up Virus Spreads

GUJARAT is going to be a litmus test for the Congress. Any action—a switchover to the BJP or otherwise—on the part of senior leader Chhabildas Mehta and co could

trigger off a chain reaction in other states as well. For, a growing band of Congressmen feels that the party has been on a no man's land ever since it decided to back the United Front government. Given Congress chief Sitaram Kesri's prevaricating stands, the mood in the party appears to have reached a flashpoint: the chorus is to either join the government or stay in the opposition.

The situation is worse at the grassroots level. In Bhopal, Congress leader Dilip Bhuria declared at a press conference that the party could not win the next elections under chief minister Digvijay Singh. In Gujarat, former chief minister Mehta says the party must not align with the Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) government at any cost. Mehta even told the high command that he should not be held responsible for any defection from CLP ranks on November 13, when the House takes...



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