The grand old party is in crisis as revolt brews within the party in five states. Leaders considered close to Rahul Gandhi have come out in open rebellion after being ignored by party leaders. Their rebellion has come as a huge embarrassment for the Congress party. A demoralised, semi-headless party ahead of key Assembly elections and with mounting defections the Congress’ prospects for the election dwindle even further.
In Maharashtra Sanjay Nirupam is up in arms. He is aggrieved that he was unceremoniously removed from the post of Mumbai chief just before elections. He said the leadership was “side lining” him though he had served as Mumbai unit president for four years. He had earlier declared that he will not campaign for the party in the Assembly polls scheduled for October 21.
Ahead of the assembly polls, the knives are again out in the faction-ridden Haryana Congress. Ashok Tanwar was last month replaced as state boss by Kumari Selja, after six years at the helm. Miffed by these developments, Ashok Tanwar has revolted against the party. On Wednesday, Ashok Tanwar and his supporters openly protested outside Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence.
As no relief was in sight for him from party high command he resigned from prime membership of the party.
Factionalism has always been part and parcel of MP Congress. The internal feud in Madhya Pradesh’s ruling Congress has escalated from a war of words to a street-fight. Followers of Chief Minister Kamal Nath and former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia continue to pull the ruling party in different directions. Supporters of Jyotiraditya Scindia want their leader be made PCC chief, replacing Kamal Nath.
Some ministers of the Kamal Nath ministry are openly blaming former chief minister Digvijaya Singh for running the government from behind the curtain.
Following the Lok Sabha election disaster 2019, the Congress government in Rajasthan is now in a state of post poll deep division with chief minister Ashok Gehlot and PCC chief Sachin Pilot slugging it out openly. The fight between both the leaders have resulted in public bickering. In an apparent jibe at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said that the law and order situation has deteriorated in the state and the government needs to do more to strengthen the situation.
Rebellion in UP congress has also surfaced and Congress is quaking in its boots. Aditi Singh, a young Congress MLA from Raebareli, attended the special Assembly session on Wednesday defying the party’s whip. The Congress has issued a show cause notice to her.
Reacting to the notice she emphasized that by attending the session she has only fulfilled her constitutional duties and if the party wants she is ready to resign.
In Tripura also, scuffle has surfaced. Former Tripura Congress chief Pradyot Debbarman on Friday said that those people in the party who were loyal to former party chief Rahul Gandhi were being sidelined by older leaders.
Salman Khurshid, Senior Congress leader and ex External Affairs minister, as quoted by AP, has said the scuffle inside the Congress party are such that it is unlikely to win the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. He further prophesied that not just the upcoming state assembly elections, the tussle of the Congress party at the point are too vigorous to ensure its own future.
However, former Congress MP and senior leader Rashid Alvi refuted the charges levelled by Khurshid and exploded that there is no place for enemies in the Congress!
To add insult to injury another senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia as well exhorted that there is need for introspection by congress in the changed scenario