23 October, 2020

Watch The Other Pack

Not Sonia-Manmohan, but the populism of UPA constituents is cause for worry

Sandeep Adhwaryu
Watch The Other Pack
The media, especially TV, is getting it wrong once again. Ever since Sonia Gandhi declined the prime ministership and nominated Dr Manmohan Singh, TV anchors have not stopped rubbing their hands at the prospect of a 'power struggle' in the Congress in the not too distant future. The stage, they claim, has been set by the separation of the post of the Congress president from that of the Prime Minister. In the past, whenever this has happened, it has spelt trouble. In 1950, the struggle between Congress president Purushottam Das Tandon and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru very nearly split the party. Panditji won that battle and chose not to force Tandon and his supporters out. But he made sure he would have a totally compliant man in that position as long as he was prime minister. For most of the time U.N. Dhebar filled the post to his entire satisfaction.

In 1969, Indira Gandhi was not so magnanimous and did split the Congress party after developing irreconcilable differences with Congress president S. Nijalingappa. Ever since then, the two positions have been held by the same...


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