Rahul Gandhi’s 2019 statement, Shashi Tharoor’s disappointment and reports troubling Congress

The departure of one leader after another from the Congress party has become a headache for the Congress. Recently, after Anil Antony, son of senior leader AK Antony, former CM of Andhra Pradesh Kiran Reddy also left Congress and joined BJP. After joining BJP, Kiran Reddy questioned the decisions of the Congress high command.

Meanwhile, the Congress party has released a report. In this report, concern has been expressed about the exodus of Congress leaders. On the other hand, Shashi Tharoor has also given a statement regarding the leaders leaving the party continuously. Shashi Tharoor, in his statement, has expressed dissatisfaction over leaders like Anil Antony, CR Keshavan and Kiran Kumar Reddy leaving the party. Tharoor also held Mallikarjun Kharge responsible for all this. 

At the same time, Rahul Gandhi’s statement regarding defection of leaders has become fresh once again. This statement of Rahul and the recently released report about Congress leaders who have changed the party do not match with each other at all. Rahul made this statement in the year 2019.

Those who want to leave the party should leave – Rahul Gandhi

After 2019, fleeing from the party In view of this, Rahul Gandhi had given a statement that those who want to leave the party should leave. In the statement, Rahul had further said- Leaders who want to leave the party should be encouraged to do so, but an internal Congress document alleged that grassroots defections weaken the party and it Should be stopped.

Recently Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed Rahul Gandhi for leaving the Congress. On turning the pages of the last 9 years, the names of 23 big leaders who left the Congress came to the fore, and all these leaders had complaints against Rahul Gandhi. 

year In 2022, the English newspaper The Indian Express spoke to party leaders on the performance of the Congress, in which the leaders questioned the party’s internal discord and lack of leadership.

Senior party leaders on the Congress’s defeat Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that I am shocked, my heart is crying after seeing the defeat of the party. We have given our whole life and youth to the party. I am sure the leadership of the party will look into all the weaknesses and shortcomings that my colleagues and I have been raising for some time

What the latest Congress report says

AICC’s document released on ‘Leadership Development Mission’, Congress’ new plan to increase organizational presence in 56 SC/ST parliamentary constituencies for 2024 elections, said the Congress will work with its key leaders at the district and block level Would like to keep an eye on.

The document states that the Congress suffers from the evil of defection for different reasons. It has been said in this report that it is not necessary that the leaders who change the party should be MPs or MLAs only. It is necessary to keep an eye on the Panchayat level leader as well. 

The Congress expressed concern over the fact that the migrating leaders take their voter base to other parties along with the migration. This directly harms the strength of Congress and leads to electoral defeat. 

The ‘Leadership Development Mission (LDM)’ introduced by the party aims to develop all its local leadership Have to keep an eye on. With the help of this, the party is engaged in the exercise of making its partnership in the constituencies more trustworthy. 

The party believes that if trust is created between the local leadership and the common people, Congress can do better. In fact, the party wants that the exodus of leaders can be stopped by paying maximum attention to the lower rungs of the organization and constituencies. 

On the other hand, sources say that this mission of the party is merely limited to discussions. This was the reason that in recent years, many leaders migrated from the party intermittently. Now the exodus of leaders is troubling the Congress as elections approach. 

Leaders hollowing out the party?

< p>Rahul Gandhi had said in his statement that those who are leaving the party are not ready to fight the ideological battle with the BJP-RSS. No one will stop such leaders in the party. 

In his statement, Rahul said that all these leaders should be encouraged to leave the party. Rahul had also said in his statement that people should be brought from outside to fight the ideology of the Centre. The exodus of leaders is gradually hollowing out the land of the Congress. At the same time, it is putting a dent in the victory of the party.

Shashi Tharoor also expressed concern

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticized Congress leaders like Anil Antony, CR Keshavan and Kiran Kumar Reddy joining the BJP. Dissatisfaction and disappointment have been expressed on joining. Tharoor wondered why and how the leaders of the party could turn to the dark side.  

Tharoor said that I have always believed that politics is based on principles. Everyone has the right to change his mind and his party, but there must be some principles.  I have a problem with people going to the ideology against which they have been fighting since the beginning.  Leaders are leaving the party and the Congress is disintegrating. Tharoor also held Mallikarjun Kharge responsible for all this. 

Know when Congress broke up 

  • Congress before independence Was broken twice. CR Das and Motilal Nehru formed the Swaraj Party in 1923.
  • In 1939, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose along with Sardul Singh and Sheel Bhadra formed the All India Forward Bloc.
  • After independence, about 70 parties have been formed by breaking away from the Congress. Many of these have died, while some are still in existence.
  • The first Congress after independence suffered a split in 1951, when JB Kriplani broke away to form the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party.< /li>
  • NG Ranga formed the Hyderabad State Praja Party. After which the Saurashtra Khedut Sangh was also formed in the same year.
  • In 1956, C. Rajagopalachari broke away and formed the Indian National Democratic Party.
  • In 1959, the Congress broke up in Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Odisha. Went. This trend continued.
  • KM George formed the Kerala Congress in 1964.
  • In 1967, Chaudhary Charan Singh broke away from the Congress and formed the Bharatiya Kranti Dal. Later he formed a party by the name of Lok Dal.
  • In 1998, Trinamool Congress was formed after separating from Congress in West Bengal. Congress leaders led by Mamata Banerjee formed this party.
  • In 2012, the Congress in united Andhra Pradesh split and YSR Congress was formed under the leadership of Jaganmohan Reddy.

Leaders who broke away from Congress and returned to Congress

The list of leaders who broke away from Congress and formed a new party is very long. Some of these leaders are also such that sooner or later they returned to the Congress.  Pranab Mukherjee, Arjun Singh, Madhav Rao Scindia, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, P. Chidambaram, Tariq Anwar are some of the big names who left the Congress party but could not succeed outside as expected and then returned to the Congress.

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