Sonia Gandhi Selected as President to Save the Dying Congress Party

Sonia Gandhi. Photo: Congress
Sonia Gandhi. Photo: Congress

Now the responsibility is on the new Congress president Sonia Gandhi to challenge Modi’s despotic regime and save the dying Congress party.

By Rakesh Raman

The traditional Congress party once again failed to look beyond the Nehru-Gandhi family for the purpose of electing its leader. After a 3-month-long indoor theatrics, the monolithic party once again relied on Sonia Gandhi to lead the party as its president.

Although she has been designated as interim president, Sonia Gandhi is likely to continue as the party leader because no other member of the Congress party will have the courage to replace her and take the reigns in his or her hands.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) in a marathon meeting held Saturday (August 10) unanimously resolved to make Sonia Gandhi the successor of her son Rahul Gandhi who had resigned in July after Congress’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha election.

In the May election results, PM Narendra Modi’s BJP had won 303 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, reducing Congress to only 52.

Although it is largely believed that Modi and BJP had won the election deceptively by tampering with the electronic voting machines (EVMs), Rahul Gandhi believes that BJP won because of his own weaknesses.

As Rahul Gandhi is a spineless man, after Congress’s defeat he simply succumbed under Modi’s dominance and stopped raising his voice on all crucial issues such as corruption in the Rafale deal, joblessness, farmers’ distress, and so on. He is living in a virtual state of hibernation.

Now the responsibility is on the new Congress president Sonia Gandhi to challenge Modi’s despotic regime and save the dying Congress party.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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