New Delhi: Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is a turning point in Indian politics. Congress media in-charge Jairam Ramesh had tweeted the same thing five days ago. During this journey, former president Rahul Gandhi and more than 100 Congressmen will walk for 150 days. Rest overnight in the container. According to Ramesh, ‘This trip will bring the party to a new avatar. She will be more aggressive and active than before, which will not be taken lightly by friends and political opponents. When many of the party’s flag bearers left, the party started trying to come out in public like this. Such is the fortune of supporters, at least for the Congress, otherwise the party has alienated itself from the people at all levels of the organisation. Well-wishers are hopeful that the Yatra will succeed in keeping the Congress alive despite the lack of electoral gains.
It is important that the Gandhi family joins the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’
The split in the party eventually forced the Gandhi family to step in. From the new president to the election of other posts in the organization, there is a different debate going on. Those within the organization were tight-lipped, knowing that they would get nowhere as long as the Gandhi family controlled the Congress. This myth is now being shattered. Rahul’s leadership sends a message among Congressmen that control of the party will remain with the Gandhi family. In the first four to five days, Rahul’s journey also got a good response.
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‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ is getting a good response so far
Even if Rahul does not take over the reins of the Congress in future, supporters say he will remain the de facto in-charge of the Congress. Even if a non-Gandhi becomes the President, the Gandhi family will remain in the shadow and dare not cross the border, say some Congressmen in hushed tones. In the eyes of party loyalists, G-23 leaders are ‘traitors’.
Congress faces the challenge of winning the trust of the new generation
Many poll analysts believe that the BJP won power in 2014 and 2019 on the strength of young voters. Even as he claims to have the image of a ‘young’ leader, Rahul’s acceptance among the youth has not been the same as Narendra Modi’s. Describing the secret of the BJP’s success, veteran journalist Dharmendra Jor writes that the saffron party has created a rift in the families of Congressmen for generations. The BJP prepared its election strategy keeping in mind those whose fathers and grandfathers remained in or supported the Congress.
Who prepared the Rahul Gandhi Bharat Jodo Yatra plan that brought victory to the Congress across the river?
Grandsons of many Congress leaders are now in the BJP. The names of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kuldeep Bishnoi, Jitin Prasada…etc come to mind. In contrast, next-generation leaders associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or the BJP are less likely to be Congressmen. This is almost what is happening in the land battle between Congress and BJP. For BJP, its organization is very important and it takes it to a level. Organization is also important for Congress, but a problem.While the Congress is not expecting any miracles from Rahul’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, it will give confidence to the leaders who are hoisting the banner of ‘change’ and ‘reform’ that Gandhi is the ‘Kanta’ of the Congress. Rahul Gandhi has embarked on a journey to test the power of this magnet.