- Factionalism at its peak in Punjab after Sidhu was made state president
- Differences also surfaced among senior party leaders on the pretext of Punjab issue
- Suddenly a dispute came to the fore in Chhattisgarh, talks were held twice
Has the Congress forgotten to get out of the political crisis? Has the system of crisis management within the party completely collapsed? Why has the party failed to resolve its internal issues for months? Has the top leadership lost control over the party or is the crisis of leadershiplessness adding to it? These questions arose at a time when for the last few days, the Congress is facing serious factionalism even in the states where its government is in power. In Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, factionalism is so extreme that even the stability of the government has come under threat. Due to this factionalism, the Congress has lost the government in Madhya Pradesh after coming to power after a decade and a half.
Organization leaders questioning the party leadership
The national organization already has a long list of disgruntled leaders. They are constantly questioning their own leadership. In Punjab, factionalism is at its peak even after making Navjot Singh Sidhu the President of the State Congress. Assembly elections are to be held here in just seven-eight months. The faction led by CM Amarinder Singh appeared to be in a mood to deal with the Sidhu camp this time. The matter reached the top leadership in Delhi, but instead of being resolved, the matter got entangled. After Sidhu became unbridled, the leadership sent a message that Amarinder would continue to be the state’s captain. Meaning the intention with which the party leadership had prepared the settlement plan there, it seems to be getting demolished.
Punjab: Factionalism did not stop after Sidhu’s coronation
According to sources, instead of showing power among the public, in the next few days, both the camps are going to show strength among themselves. Sidhu is said to be close to the Delhi leadership of the Congress, especially the Gandhi family. However, according to party sources, this time the factionalism has gone to a different level. Both the parties are not in the mood for any kind of settlement at the moment. Also, the bet played on Sidhu also seems to be backfired. On the pretext of Punjab issue, differences have started appearing among the senior leaders of the party. In fact, the party seems to be standing at this juncture today because of taking the Punjab crisis lightly. Here the party was considered very strong due to the scattered opposition. According to experts, the differences between Sidhu and Amarinder were for the last four years. There was never a serious attempt to remove him.
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Crisis in the party in front of Chhattisgarh
An attempt was being made to stop the crisis in Punjab that suddenly a dispute came to the fore in Chhattisgarh. The party appears to be in danger in the state, which came to power after 15 years, winning two-thirds of the seats in late 2018. The controversy started with Health Minister T.S. It happened after Singhdeo faction’s claim that when the government was formed, the Congress leadership had talked about a formula of two and a half years between them and Bhupesh Baghel for the post of CM. When two and a half years were completed in June, the Singhdeo faction urged the leadership to fulfill that promise. The situation in Chhattisgarh changed in these two and a half years. Bhupesh Baghel not only emerged as a strong leader, but also became the OBC face of the party.
Lack of communication due to leadership
On the other hand, the party leadership indicated that promises had been made. The matter has not been resolved even after meeting with both the factions twice. According to sources, if there is no clear solution in the coming days, then the dispute may increase further. According to party insiders, the main reason for the crisis here also increased due to lack of communication with the leadership and taking the matter lightly. A senior party leader said that if there was any such issue, it had to be resolved by dialogue in time. As in the other crisis, the party leadership made no effort to talk about it until the internal dispute was fought in a public forum. That too in a state where the central leadership was trying to present its governance model as its governance model.
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The situation remains the same in Rajasthan as well.
In Rajasthan too, the factionalism, which has been going on for the last four years, instead of getting resolved, kept increasing continuously. When Sachin Pilot became a rebel last year, the party leadership was assured of considering his demand. Later none of their demands were accepted. This has once again started increasing discontent in the Sachin faction in the state, but the party leadership did not give any concrete formula for the agreement. Even if given, sometimes it was not accepted by one group, then sometimes to another group. Rahul Gandhi has asked both the leaders to unite by adopting a flexible stand. Those close to Sachin say that he had sought due respect in the state, which is not being received till now. At the same time, the Ashok Gehlot faction says that they will not bow down to blackmailing. Congress has not been able to find any permanent solution so far.
Time for crisis to become canker in three states
It is not just about factionalism spread in these three states. Not only Rajasthan, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, but the party leadership is battling with factionalism in all small and big states including Karnataka, Gujarat. There too, like these three states, the crisis was given full time to become a canker. A senior party leader admitted that most of these crises could have been averted. The party does not have a full-time president for the last two years. Leadership also had the effect that no one had a solid direction as to who would take the final call. For the past few days, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have jointly tried to deal with the crisis, but in many cases, it is too late.
Party admitted- factionalism, loss due to not taking decision
On the other hand, the party is now accepting that due to factionalism and decision-making, a big loss has already been done. The party is also assuming that taking a clear stand may upset some leaders and the party should be prepared for this as well. Will the party be able to come together in a united contest before 2024 by removing the age-old factionalism by implementing this thinking? The answers to these questions can be known by looking at the efforts to deal with the crisis in the next few days.