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After Mamta’s rise: Is Congress a sinking ship?

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Arin Kumar Shukla FRAS
Arin Kumar Shukla FRAS
Arin Kumar Shukla is an Indian Author, Poet and Entrepreneur. His age is 16 Years. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He writes on history, mythology, culture, global politics and Hinduism.

Yesterday a news flashed on TV screens. For most of Indians it not seemed a very big news, but the news got the 24 Akbar Road on a setback. Yesterday it was reported that 12 out of 17 Congress MLAs of Meghalaya would soon join Mamta Bannerjee’s Trinamool Congress. These 12 MLAs include Former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conard Sangama. For most of India, Meghalaya seems to be a small state with only 60 Assembly and 2 Lok Sabha Constituencies. But Meghalaya holds a significance as gateway to power in North-East India. Currently all North-eastern states are being ruled by National Democratic Alliance with 4 out of 7 having a BJP Chief Minister.

After retaining her home state of West Bengal, now Mamta Bannerjee is having a political aspiration of becoming Prime Minister of India. And she is continuously thriving for garnering support across the nation with help of her political strategist, Prashant Kishore. In Goa, she took former Congress Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro in her party. And from Haryana Ashok Tawar and from Jharkhand Kirti Azad, both former Congressmen. She is trying to create a PAN India image of TMC to make her claim on PM’s chair more solid. In the era of coaliations in late 90s, this experiment was partly successful which formed a short lived third party government at Centre with earlier H.D. Devegowda and then I.K. Gujral as prime Minister. But things have changed drastically now. Now in New India, the people believe only in “Niti” and “Niyat”. Therefore not so easy for Mamata.

Moving on, In midst of this whole rope pull, Congress is marked continuously absent. A lot of leaders are leaving Congress. Even which are not leaving, they are protesting against the Gandhi Dynasty as G-23. In recent polls of Assam, West Bengal, Delhi and Bihar, nothing good for Congress happened. In 2014 General Elections, Congress downplayed to all time low of 44 seats. 2019 was no better as Rahul Gandhi lost family foothold of Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani. So things are not very good for Congress for last 7 years. Currently there is no full-time President of Congress. But they don’t need one, as they have the “Royal Gandhi Dynasty”. But since 2014 they don’t have crown.

Since the rise of BJP in 2014, a lot of leaders have been leaving Congress. In 2016, Himanta Biswa Sharma left Congress and went on to become Chief Minister of Assam from BJP. In 2019, 26 UPA MLAs of Karnataka left party, thus BJP came to power with B.S. Yediyurappa as Chief Minister. In 2020 Congress strongman Jyotiraditya Scindia left Congress along with 24 MLAs. Which brought down Government of Kamalnath, making Shivraj Singh Chauhan CM of Madhya Pradesh again.

So there is a certain uneasy feeling within Congress Party. And the rise Mamta Bannerjee in national political scenario is making things terrible for Congress. Congress have majority governments in only three states – Punjab, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Of which Punjab is going in polls in a few months. And opinion polls are indicating Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party a win. Congress is shrinking drastically. But why is Congress losing so hard ? Here are some of the reasons –

  • The Durabri culture of Congress, which leaves the worthy person behind.
  • Prefering Old Guard rather then new generation of leaders.
  • Sticking to Muslim appeasement and Anti-Hindu stance.
  • Acting more communist even than CPI.
  • Sticking to Gandhi Dynasty.

All these reasons have led to downfall of Congress party in all over India. Mamta Bannerjee’s TMC is rising but it can’t think of replacing Congress in Hindi heartland. TMC has no organization or identity in Hindi speaking states. Congress may remain second largest force in nothern India for 15 more years till a new force replaces it. Aam Aadmi Party can be an alternative to Congress as they have become in Punjab, Goa, Uttrakhand and National Capital Territory of Delhi. No one knows what the future has in his womb for the Congress Party, but Congress is destined to die a shameful death. For conclusion I will like to quote Veer Savarkar –

‘The day Hindus unite, Congress leaders will wear janeu over the coat’

Veer Savarkar

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Arin Kumar Shukla FRAS
Arin Kumar Shukla FRAS
Arin Kumar Shukla is an Indian Author, Poet and Entrepreneur. His age is 16 Years. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He writes on history, mythology, culture, global politics and Hinduism.
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