The 135-year-old Congress party could not get a president for two years. Sonia Gandhi is the interim president of the party for the last two years. If the 2-year term of Rahul Gandhi is removed, Sonia Gandhi has been the President of the party continuously since 1998. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been working for the party for the past few years. In the midst of all this, the internal strife of the Congress is continuously coming to the fore in recent years. From Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab to Chhattisgarh. The Economic Times has done a detailed report regarding this. Let us know what is going on in the Congress from Kerala to the Kashmir Valley.
Ever since the Gandhi family preferred Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala over KC Venugopal, the K Sudhakaran and VD Sateesan factions are engaged in a tussle. This was also one of the reasons for the poor performance of the Congress in the assembly elections.
The fight between Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar is well known here. And Congress is facing the brunt of this fight. After the removal of Yeddyurappa from the post of CM by BJP, Congress is looking for the right arrow to target BJP. Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar are causing damage to the Congress while fighting to see themselves as the Chief Ministers.
All is not going well in the Maharashtra unit of Congress ever since Rahul Gandhi made Nana Patole the state chief from BJP to Congress. Nana Patole is being accused by old Congressmen that he is leaving us and working with new people. The relations between Minister Nitin Raut and Nana Patole in the Maharashtra government are also not good. Let’s say in Maharashtra too, Congress is seen in two splits.
Sanjay Nirupam’s name has been coming up in the infighting in the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee. Earlier there was a fight between Sanjay Nirupam and Gurudas Kamath. The effect of this fight is also visible between Suraj Thakur and Bahi Jagtap.
Here about 6 Congress leaders are former CMs and state chiefs. In such a situation, the party is finding it difficult to get along with all the people. Recently, many senior leaders of Goa Congress have met Rahul Gandhi and demanded a change of leadership in the state.
After an impressive performance in the 2017 assembly elections, Rahul Gandhi built a team in his own way. It happened that the supporters of Ahmed Patel went away. After this it happened that in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the account of Congress did not even open in Gujarat. In the local body elections too, the Congress had a bad run. There is a dearth of leaders who lead in the state. In the midst of all this, internal fighting is going on and many people are with the opposition parties.
The tussle between CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot continues and its end does not seem near. There were reports of changes in the cabinet after Ajay Maken’s visit to Jaipur, but nothing seems to be happening immediately.
Citing the example of Punjab, political analysts suggest that a political party should avoid a Punjab-like situation and if such a situation arises, it should be resolved at the earliest. There is a Congress government in Punjab and elections are due in the next six months. In such a situation, Congress should try to end the fight between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu in Punjab.
Here the fight is going on between former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress chief Kumari Selja. Here people of both the factions have complained to the state in-charge of the Congress as well as the General Secretary of the Congress. Reports suggest that Hooda wants his son to be made the state chief. This thing is passing exasperating to Shailja supporters.
After losing battles in the 2017 assembly elections with Prashant Kishor and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with Sandeep Singh under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, the Congress still does not see salvation in Uttar Pradesh. Many old and traditional Congress leaders are sacked. Jitin Prasada left the Congress and is now with the BJP.
A state in Eastern India
Talking about Bihar, the matter is entangled between the Dalit and upper caste community regarding who should be appointed as the state chief. There have also been reports that a group of Congress MLAs are in touch with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United and talks are on to switch sides.
Rahul Gandhi had talked about rotating CM in Chhattisgarh. And the same thing has now become a cause of trouble for the Congress in Chhattisgarh. TS Singh Deo is angry with the top Congress leaders. Amidst the confrontation between CM Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singh Deo, all the MLAs have reached Delhi to meet the Congress leadership.
After the appointment of the new state chief, internal strife in the Congress is increasing. Reports suggest that several Congress MLAs are in touch with the BJP and there are clear signs of rebellion. Now it remains to be seen how Congress handles this issue. If the issue is not handled soon, then its government may also fall on the coalition government of Jharkhand.
Assam and North Eastern States
After the defeat in the assembly elections, senior Congress leader Sushmita Dev has joined the Trinamool Congress. The party is plagued by leaders changing sides. In many states of the Northeast, the BJP coalition government is battling with internal strife, but the Congress has so far failed to take advantage of it.
Jammu and Kashmir
After making Ghulam Ahmed Mir the state president, Ghulam Ali seems to be angry like Azad. During Azad’s last two visits, it has been seen that he is showing his strength. Congress needs to take both the sides along here too.