Opinion: Congress Needs to Address Internal Discord to Revive Its Fortunes

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 23rd April. 
Once again, the Indian National Congress finds itself in the midst of internal strife, this time in the capital city of Delhi. The recent protests by party workers against the candidature of Kanhaiya Kumar and Udit Raj highlight the deep-rooted dissatisfaction within the party ranks.The outcry against “outsider candidates” reflects a broader sentiment of disenchantment among local party members. Kanhaiya Kumar, hailing from Bihar, and Udit Raj, not a native of Delhi, face resistance from Congress workers who feel sidelined by the party’s decision-making process.

Kumar’s defeat in Bihar’s Begusarai and Raj’s selection for the North West Delhi constituency have fueled resentment within the party cadre. The emotional plea of leaders like Jayakishan, a four-time MLA, underscores the personal toll of these decisions. His revelation of his son’s depression symbolizes the human cost of internal party conflicts.

The Congress leadership’s handling of these dissenting voices is crucial for the party’s future. While alliances are essential for electoral success, sidelining local leaders in favor of alliances risks alienating the grassroots workers who form the backbone of the party.

Furthermore, the party’s limited presence in Delhi, contesting only three out of seven Lok Sabha seats, raises questions about its electoral strategy and relevance in the national capital.

The Congress must heed the warning signs and prioritize internal cohesion to regain its lost ground. Addressing grievances, fostering inclusivity, and empowering local leadership are imperative steps towards rebuilding the party’s credibility and reclaiming its position as a formidable political force.

In the face of rising dissent and electoral challenges, the Congress cannot afford to ignore the voices of its own members. Only through unity and introspection can the party hope to navigate through these turbulent times and emerge stronger on the political landscape.

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