OPINION: Congress is now a sinking ship


Needs surgical intervention to save it

Notwithstanding the recent brouhaha seen at the Congress ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Jaipur, with even Rahul Gandhi criticising the manner in which outsiders were being propped up in key and significant positions while loyal Congressmen were being ignored, party leaders appear to have side-stepped the issue for the moment.

In fact, the winning of Moga seat was crucial for both the major parties Congress and Akali-BJP which is to decide the next Lok Sabha elections but with the losing of Assembly election by  Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder itself, the chances to with Moga seat that too by quitting the Congress leader and contesting from Akali-BJP alliance seat was not easy task for both the parties.

After losing the Moga bye-election seat by the Congress despite tall claims by Capt Amrinder Singh and party workers, the Opposition in the states and in the Centre as well are on sound footing and hope to sweep Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections due in 2014. 

Just before the Moga bye elections, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that the Congress party has neither ideas nor ideology to offer as a reason why people should vote for them now or ever in future. When a party’s sole policy and programme is limited to wishful thinking about the health of its opponent, one can recommend immediate medical attention to save it. The Congress and its leaders are still to regain full consciousness after the “sun stroke” they suffered in the assembly poll and recently in Moga bye election.  It looks that it has now become the habit of losing by the Congress and these are signs of change. Congress should not forget that the “habits die hard”.

The Congress party needs immediate and major surgical intervention to save it from sinking even deeper into coma.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013