Rahul Gandhi’s image is being revamped with the Bharat Jod Yatra. This journey is being made a medium to connect with people. No one can challenge Rahul Gandhi’s supremacy today.
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in Kerala India Jora Yatra While covering this, I remembered a great UPA minister. The minister told his staff Rahul Gandhi There was a comment. Today that person is playing a big role in India Jora Yatra. It has been since 2017-18 when he has not held a major position in the organization. Controversy about the Gandhi family in the media then escalated. Is the Gandhi family a burden to the Congress? Can you imagine Congress without Rahul Gandhi? The former minister had to say, ‘The truth is that we have to work only with Rahul Gandhi because that is our tool against the BJP. Learn to work with them. Bharat Jora Yatra symbolizes that truth. In 2022, the minister was proved right. Whoever becomes the Congress president, the activist is with Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi’s image is being revamped through this visit. This journey is being made a medium to connect with people. No one can challenge Rahul Gandhi’s supremacy today. The new president may exonerate the Gandhi family from charges of familism, but the party will remain dominated by Rahul Gandhi. Yes, it is different that in 2004 Sonia had to give up the power of the Congress organization and now in 2022. Ashok Gehlot is the choice of the Gandhi family and will win 100% of the Congress party presidential election, but this will not change the way the Congress party works. Rahul Gandhi will have his stamp on all decisions. You may ask how can this happen after the resignation of the President and what does it have to do with couples in India?
For the past 15 years, Rahul Gandhi has been trying to change the way Congress works. Each time his initiative has been derided. Many initiatives fail on their own but have to face problems from within the organization. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had problems with the senior leadership. Then his young comrades deserted him. After the 2019 Lok Sabha debacle, big or small, Congress party leaders have been out in droves. During the Bharat Joro Yatra, there was widespread disruption in Goa and Ghulam Nabi Azad left the party in the absence of the Gandhi family. Rahul Gandhi is left with the skeleton of the party name. The tragedy is that when he resigned in 2019, Ahmed Patel did not allow the cross-cutting fight and Sonia Gandhi was made President again. Rahul was then accused of going back to the room without the post. Zee 23’s revolt was also mild. Fewer in organizations and 23 more in newspapers. That is, even if Rahul Gandhi wanted to, he could not hold the organization.
Preparing for the transition from movement politics to Congress
Rahul Gandhi has decided that the formation of a new Congress, a new politics, a new slogan and a new party can be done not only by changing the organisation, but through movement politics. His party believes that the Congress organization will be seen to stand where the people stand. This march of organization and image building. Jatra is Rahul Gandhi’s new organization. I spent five days in Kerala and realized that the only way to keep Congress alive is by marching. Elections will also be held at this time. Congress will lose Gujarat and Himachal but the march will not stop. BJP has no break in electoral politics but every major power may fail in the face of awakening movement. Modi Shah succeeded in thwarting the farmers’ movement but encouraged the opposition to contest elections. Padayatra for Rahul Gandhi and Congress is like that bitter medicine whose consumption spoils both taste and mood but saves lives.
Rahul Gandhi’s visit could change the equation
And finally two things. If politics of hope is at the center of this journey, it will pose a big problem for the BJP. If its campaign pitch turns negative, it too will face the same fate that Indira Gandhi did with the opposition in 1971. Secondly, if Rahul Gandhi chooses his mantra influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, then he has to follow this path. You have to be consistent, because there is no other option.