Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Priyanka Gandhi's belated intervention

Priyanka Gandhi intervenes when Congress has lost much of the ground and credibility among the public to stay in reckoning for power in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Congress-led UPA government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has squandered precious time and failed to contain inflation and corruption. Corruption and price rise will cause the fall of the Congress Party from the grace of the people in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It is too late for Priyanka Gandhi to help the Congress party retrieve the lost ground . It matters little whether she comes forward to help her brother Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi fight Lok Sabha elections as party’s Prime Ministerial candidate. It is most important thing to know why despite being the heir apparent of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has made little impact on the people of the nation. It is because of the total failure UPA government on all fronts. If the recently held assembly election results are anything to go by, it is crystal clear that the disillusionment of the people with Congress government has been expressed through votes against it. It has been badly decimated. Though there is nothing wrong in the intervention of Priyanka Gandhi in the capacity of a Congress party’s most illustrious Nehru-Gandhi family member to oversee the preparation of the party to fight Lok Sabha elections, her active role in election campaignings will certainly galvanize the workers. Undoubtedly, she resembles her grand mother former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi but whether she has charisma like her or not is yet to be tested. She has not decided to contest elections but has helped her mother Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi in the campaigning of her election from Raeberali Lok Sabha seat of Uttar Pradesh.Despite passing through one of the worst phases, the position of Congress Party can improve a little if Priyanka Gandhi campaigned for the party actively through out the country. She has attraction among the masses. Rahul Gandhi has failed so far to attract the people towards Congress Party. The main reason behind it is the complete failure of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre in checking price rise and corruption. A message has gone out among the common people of the nation that when the price of all essential commodities were shooting up without any check and corruption was rampant in most of the Union ministries, what Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were doing. Why did they not ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to act? This is also their failure. On the one hand people are vexed with rising food inflation, the Manmohan Singh government at the Centre is turning its attention away from the problem on the other. The people are disenchanted with Congress because of UPA govt.'s failures . That is why Congress Party and Gandhi family have so far not projected Rahul Gandhi as prime ministerial candidate despite the main opposition BJP announced Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its PM candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections several months back. The Congress party has failed so far to read the writing on the wall that its health is getting weaker and weaker only because of sheer inefficiency, price rise and corruption in its government at the Centre. As the news is going around that the Congress Party may announce the name of Rahul Gandhi as party’s Prime Ministerial Candidate in the AICC session slated to be on January 17, 2014, Priyanka Gandhi has consulted senior leaders how to project her brother in the best way to bring back UPA to power for the third consecutive time. Priyanka Gandhi has attended a meeting of top Congress leaders at the residence of her brother Rahul, triggering speculation whether she is in for a major role ahead of Lok Sabha elections. One thing is certain that neither Priyanka Gandhi no anyone else in the Congress Party can win back power in the Lok Sabha elections if the inflation, especially food inflation, and the corruption continued to go up and up without any check.

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