The Congress party’s future has never looked so bleak. After the drubbing that it received in the 2014 elections, very little has been done to reaffirm the faith of its loyal party workers. And the recent talk of Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the post of party president is not helping the grand old party.
“It’s a matter of days now,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said recently in reply to a question on whether Rahul will take over the party. “You will see lot of changes. You will see reaffirmation of what our core beliefs are,” Scindia reiterated.
With his elevation to the top post now imminent, we take a look at why this move will do more harm than good and confirm the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the 2019 Polls.
1. He’s Incapable Of Leading A State Unit, Let Alone The Whole Party
Rahul Gandhi has never been put in complete charge of any state election. He’s always had a small group of loyal supporters who get some say in the working of the party at the state level but never enough to make a difference. In the last UP elections there were some reports suggesting that Rahul could be projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate but the reluctant leader didn’t show any interest and neither did the party thereafter. He doesn’t enjoy leadership and that won’t change even if he’s the president of the Congress party. And the BJP is going to sit back and relish that fact.
2. Rahul Doesn’t Exert The Same Authority As Sonia Gandhi Does
Rahul’s persona by no means compares to that of Narendra Modi. He’s not great at theatrics, he sometimes has no grip on the facts either and he definitely doesn’t take up from his mother in terms of leadership and authority within his own party. He’s always been considered as somewhat of a liability even when campaigning. During the Punjab elections, state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s clear message to New Delhi was to keep Rahul’s team in check so that he didn’t have to fire-fight on additional planks due to unnecessary controversies from the vice-president’s goof-ups. BJP will be banking on Rahul’s lax ways to respond to crisis and that is something that will help Modi in 2019.
3. Because If He’s Making All The Big Decisions, Things Are Going To Go Wrong
He just can’t get it right. Rahul, even though noble in his ways, always ends up taking a drubbing on social media. Take for example his recent campaign in Gujarat for the upcoming elections. Even though he generated a lot of buzz amongst the crowds, he was in the news because he apparently entered the wrong toilet during his visit. He’s always in the news for all the wrong reasons and that affects his image quite heavily. Even political decisions such as fighting the UP election along with the Samajwadi Party have done more harm that good to his state party unit and that’s somehow an ominous sign of things to come if he’s elected as president of the party.
4. Modi Will Totally Destroy Rahul On The Debating Podium Any Day
2019 will be a high pitched election season. To make your voice heard, you need to be on top of your game because elections are more or less about perceptions. And Narendra Modi is a ‘God’ on the podium in front of his supporters. Heck, he even messaged GST in such a way that people celebrated the implementation of an entire new tax system (something that we are programmed to hate!). To even think that Rahul Gandhi would be able to take on Narendra Modi, who’s at the top of his game, is incredibly utopian (at least for now).
5. Rahul Is Not A ‘Seasoned’ Politician & Everyone In The BJP Will Exploit That
He’s never been a full-time politician and that’s been his downfall. Worst of all, his opponents know that. One day he’ll be campaigning in the most remote areas of the country and the next he’ll be flying to the Italian countryside. This inconsistency will not work once he’s the president of the party but old habits die hard. It’ll be interesting to see whether he mends his ways once put in charge with such a big responsibility. But if you go by all macro indicators, Congress should brace for a hard-landing if Rahul is promoted as the top boss.
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Source of news : Mensxp