Former General Secretary in the Congress party’s Uttar Pradesh region, Jyotiraditya Scindia said that a replacement should be found ‘soon’ for Mr. Rahul Gandhi, as already seven weeks had elapsed after he announced his resignation, in the wake of the Congress party’s second straight defeat. A new leader has to step in quickly to re-energize the party, he stated.
Mr. Scindia said that the party was undergoing a crisis presently, and that it had to re-invent and revive itself, before it could step out and win the confidence of the people. Currently, the party has witnessed crisis both in Goa and Karnataka. Mr. Scindia visited Bhopal for the first time since his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. On being questioned about leaders above the age of 70 should be mentors, he said that age was not a factor and the focus should be on individual capabilities only.
Madhya Pradesh is also fast becoming a vulnerable spot for the Congress party, with the ongoing feud between Mr.Scindia and Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Mr Scindia observed that it was part of the BJP’s policies to make gains in politics through the ‘back door’, and never about winning upfront.He added that the BJP was trying the same tactics in Madhya Pradesh for the past six months.
Jyotiradiya Scindia quit as general Secretary last week. Congress leader in Mumbai Milind Deora also resigned from his post. Congress leaders interpret these resignations as a sign of pressure on the older members of the Congress party to not just follow the example for Rahul Gandhi ; but also to make way for them as new chief of their state units.
In Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan quit as party chief after the party’s dismal performance in the state. Rajesh Pilot has shown no reaction in public, but hopes to become the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
The resignations are seen as an extension of the fight between Rahul Gandhi and the ‘old guard’ within the Congress party.