In Upcoming Assembly Polls, Congress to Depend on Local Leadership
The photo finish for Ahmed Patel in the recently concluded Rajya Sabha Election in Gujarat once again proved that regional leaders, when left to contest on their own, could reap maximum dividends for the party. Sources say the central leadership of Congress may meddle little from now.
File photo of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: The Congress is laying down the foundation for the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, and it's near certain that local leaders will be entrusted with maximum responsibilities.
The photo finish for Ahmed Patel in the recently concluded Rajya Sabha Election in Gujarat once again proved that regional leaders, when left to contest on their own, could reap maximum dividends for the party. Sources told CNN-News18 the central leadership of Congress may meddle little from here onward.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh is another example for Congress, and in states - Karnataka, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh - slated to go to polls later this year, the party campaign will be mainly led by the state leaders. Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's campaign will be planned strategically and his role is expected to be minimal, a source said.
Amid this manthan came another big blow to the Congress party when a key member, Ashish Kulkarni, of the Congress war room resigned. In his resignation, Kulkarni raised several points, including the constant demand to bring Priyanka into active politics was a deliberate and planned strategy to malign Rahul's leadership.
Kulkarni added that party's anti-Hindu slant and NGO-style functioning was detrimental to its prospects and the Congress needed to work on improving these aspects. "Fed up of nepotism," Kulkarni said, he resigned because of "continuous resistance to giving new and young people a chance".
Congress is on the threshold of a change of guard, but the latest resignation, though not very high-profile, nonetheless points as the malaise within.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Recommended For You
- Xiaomi Mi TV 4X 65-inch Launched Alongside Mi TV 4X 50-inch, 4X 43-inch and 4A 40-inch
- Xiaomi Mi Band Launched in India at Rs 2,299, First Sale on September 19
- Liam Hemsworth Came to Know of Miley Cyrus' Decision to Split from Social Media
- Mi Smart Water Purifier Launched in India at Rs 11,999: Here's How it Works
- Dream Girl Box Office Day 4: Ayushmann Khurrana Sets New Benchmark