Congress is being run from Tughlaq Lane and impact of it being seen by all and sundry. Rahul Gandhi wanted to convert Congress, a mass based political party, into a cadre based, democratically run machinery. The experiment failed miserably as expected in the youth congress elections in various states. After Rahul Gandhi became congress president, the party on surface seems a serene combination of old guard and Young Turks but at 24, Akbar Road, it remains the age old struggle to dominate opinion of high command and capturing the power. History tells us that Tughlaqs remained mired in their own problems and internal strife till they were replaced by the mighty Mughals.
Rahul Gandhi is getting traction in his attack on PM Narendra Modi. In a hunt, the highest flying bird is always the first target. In politics, if you are in opposition, you can easily become the voice of disgruntled. In Indian scenario, it is, anyways, not possible to satisfy all and sundry. But, whether Congress will get benefit out of such creative hard work put in by Rahul Gandhi and his team will be decided by the election results in coming assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
In Rajasthan, where hopes are high, election results will tell the worth of Tughlaq lane’s ‘leather coin’.
Congress is sensing a victory in Rajasthan, but it is based more on the negativity towards Vasundhara Raje government than the congress leading the election from the front. Party insiders claims that Rahul Gandhi is trying to keep reins of election in his own hand. Sources say that Sachin Pilot has been instructed to lead the congress while Ashok Gehlot has been ‘clearly’ instructed to help Sachin Pilot. Gehlot is reportedly been assured that his camp would be accommodated by Sachin Pilot in ticket distribution. But this hunky-dory arrangement is far from the ground realities of Rajasthan.
As far as the notion of accommodating Gehlot’s men is concerned, none can claim to be ‘Gehlot’s men’ in Rajasthan congress. Gehlot has pushed people in congress but he has been unlucky in getting young talented lot with right caste equation to bet on. On the street, one may never encounter any congressman claiming ticket because he is close to Gehlot, as this wily politician has never encouraged such public display. Even few of those which are branded as ‘AG’s men’ are either lack winning abilities in caste based electoral politics or are like outdated wet gun powder.
But, Vasundhara Raje has declared Sachin Pilot – ‘a child in politics’ and do not consider him a worthy opponent.
Gehlot has been one loyal man of high command who has systematically destroyed all the brand names of yesteryears who could have been any challenge to authority. This could not have been possible with conscious desire of the high command in Congress. Rahul Gandhi himself concedes that Gehlot has run government in Rajasthan twice according to the ideology of the Congress. Importantly, Rajasthan has been crucible for the policy of social change which left leaning congress introduced during 1990s onwards.
People in Rajasthan have made up their mind, but they would not give it away for some tuqhlaq style new ‘leather coin’ which Rahul Gandhi is trying to push in circulation. Marwaris’ are anyways not going to fall for any ‘product’ being sold in glossy packaging lest it is worth enough. Here, Vasundhara Raje is sensing an opportunity and given a chance, she would prove to be a formidable and ruthless opponent.