Gandhi has been synonymous with congress since its establishment in free India. Afterward, those who ruled the party always were family bastions. But today when the country looks for a strong opposition to stand against the ruling– Bharatiya Janata Party, the mighty congress does not come in that position because of questionable leadership. Not wanting to share the leader power, Sonia Gandhi was losing edge over the right and rightful. Nevertheless, Sr. Gandhi has duly offered to step down from the position of party chief after a lot ‘prominent leaders’ demanded that position. But again now some leaders want a Gandhi back up. How is congress going to clean the mess? Who wants to give power back to Sonia Gandhi?
There have been continuous meetings and panel setups to come up with a solution to this problem. Even though some leaders want Gandhi’s to give up the throne, many want them to continue leading the way as a leader, according to them, should be someone who is ‘acceptable by all’.
Punjab’s Chief Minister, Amrinder Singh also backed the family and said that even though National Democratic Alliance(NDA) managed to succeed in the absence of a strong opposition with a united front, the Gandhi family must keep on leading the party as they have made “immense contribution to the country’s progress since it achieved freedom from the British rule”. He added that any changes in the party at this time will prove to be detrimental.
Even senior party leader and chief minister of Rajasthan, who just managed to overcome a blow after deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot rebelled against his leadership, also said that it is best for the party of Sonia Gandhi to continue to lead it.
The saga of finding a suitable leader started after several of the party leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding full time and effective leadership. Not less than 23 senior-most party leaders have written a letter to the party chief asking her to step down. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party MPs and former Union ministers Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, and Shashi Tharoor are the once in support of Gandhi stepping down along with Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, M. Veerappa Moily, Prithviraj Chavan, P.J. Kurien, Ajay Singh, Renuka Chowdhury, and Milind Deora.
There are not many ways the party can look at when they think of cleaning the mess. It might be the time for Congress to start from scratch in building the ideals of the party and not just quest its thirst for power.
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