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Friday, May 20, 2016

Bahadur Shah Zafar-II?

With all due respects to the last Emperor of Mughal dynasty, Rahul Gandhi seems to have become Bahadur Shah Zafar-II for the Congress party, thereby helping Prime Minister Narendra Modi realise the dream of ridding India of Congress, i.e., Congress-mukht Bharat!

IS Rahul Gandhi becoming for congress

The results of the elections held in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam have proved this. Barring a consolation prize of having won, along with the DMK, in Puducherry and attaining the main Opposition party status in West Bengal, the Congress has lost all. It can now talk of being in power only in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Uttarakhand; of which only Karnataka is of significance in terms of seats and population.

The Congress is now without a strong base anywhere, having been completely wiped out in Andhra Pradesh, weakened in Karnataka, defeated in Maharashtra, marginalised in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, and has drawn a near blank in most key States across the Hindi heartland. Its decimation everywhere in this round of Assembly election constitutes the most serious crisis in the party’s long history, worse even than in the late 1970s after Indira Gandhi had suspended democracy.

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