Congress will have to adopt BJP’s model in Rajasthan

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In Rajasthan too, the Congress Party should select the new state president and legislative party leader as soon as possible. Current state president Govind Singh Dotasara himself won the elections but because of him the Congress party has suffered huge losses in the elections. Major controversies had arisen in the state regarding his controversial image and the selection of his family members in the Rajasthan Public Service Commission examinations. After which Congress had come into defensive mode. When he was the Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot had launched many welfare schemes for the common people. But due to the arrogance of people like Dotasara, the schemes remained ineffective.

69 MLAs of Congress Party have won in Rajasthan. Out of which maximum 17 MLAs are from Jat community. The victory of 17 MLAs from the Jat community clearly shows that the Jats have not left the Congress even today. Due to the support given by Jats to Congress, Congress has been successful in winning 14 out of 21 seats in Shekhawati region. Whereas BJP has got only 6 seats. Even in the 2018 assembly elections, Congress had got 15 seats in this area.

In the elections held on 10 out of 11 seats in Ganganagar and Hanumangarh districts, Congress won 6 seats. Whereas BJP has got only three seats. If seen this way, Congress has won 20 out of 31 seats in Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar. Whereas BJP has got only 9 seats. In such a situation, the appointment of a Jat MLA to the post of new state president will strengthen the party. Among the winning MLAs from the Jat community, both Harish Chaudhary and Narendra Budania are undisputed and have a good hold on the workers in the society and the party.

Harish Chaudhary, who won from Baytu seat of Barmer district for the second consecutive time, is currently in-charge of Punjab Congress and has been a cabinet minister in the previous government of Gehlot. Before this, he had also been a Lok Sabha MP from Barmer-Jaisalmer region. Harish Chaudhary is counted among the people close to Rahul Gandhi. Similarly, Narendra Budania, who defeated Rajasthan’s MLA and leader of opposition Rajendra Rathod, who had won seven consecutive times from Taranagar seat in Churu district, has been a member of Lok Sabha thrice, Rajya Sabha thrice and Legislative Assembly thrice. If he is made the state president, a good message will be sent among the party workers. Apart from this, many young MLAs from the Jat community have won and have been MLAs in the past also.

The party should select an MLA from Scheduled Caste and Tribe for the post of leader of the legislative party. In Rajasthan, 25 MLAs from Scheduled Castes and Tribes have won. Out of which eight MLAs from Meena community, 11 from Scheduled Caste and six from tribal community have won. Scheduled Castes and Tribes have always been the vote bank of Congress and this time also they have fully supported the Congress. In such a situation, it will be in the interest of the party to make Murari Lal Meena of Meena community, Mahendrajit Malviya of tribal community or any other MLA the leader of the legislative party. Both of them are senior MLAs and have also been ministers in the past. Mahendrajit Malviya is also a member of the Congress Working Committee.

The Muslim community also votes outright for Congress. This time five MLAs from the Muslim community have won. If any of them is made the deputy leader, it will be good for the party in the times to come. Out of total 69 MLAs of Congress, Jat 17, Brahmin four, Meena 8, Scheduled Caste 11, Tribe 6, Bania five, Gurjar three, Yadav two, Muslim five, Mali three, Charan one, Kumhar one, Patel one and many other castes. MLA is included.

This time in the assembly elections, Congress party was left 46 seats behind BJP due to getting only 856840 votes i.e. 2.16 percent less votes than BJP. If the Congress leaders had not rebelled and there had not been factionalism, then it would not have been a big deal for the Congress to bridge this small gap. But due to factionalism between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, the Congress party was prevented from forming the government again and the dream of Ashok Gehlot breaking the tradition of changing the government every time remained a dream.

Since the election process in Rajasthan, the Congress people are not feeling good about the way in which the state in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has been making appointments to the posts of secretary and general secretary in the state committee. Congress workers believe that economic interests are being served in the appointments being made arbitrarily by the state in-charge. Many appointments have been made to people whose family members had campaigned against Congress candidates in the recent assembly elections. The image of Congress is being tarnished due to the large number of appointments being made by the state in-charge at his own level. The Congress high command should also take cognizance of such appointments and take appropriate action so that wrong people can be prevented from becoming officials in the party.

The way the Congress Party has sidelined Kamal Nath and Digvijay Singh in Madhya Pradesh, Jitu Patwari has been made the state president, Umang Singhar has been made the leader of the legislative party and Hemant Katare has been made the deputy leader. Similarly, in Chhattisgarh, Deepak Baij of the camp opposed to former Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has again been made the Congress President and tribal leader Charan Das Mahant has been made the leader of the legislative party. Similarly, in Rajasthan too, new appointments should be made without wasting time so that the Congress Party can stand strong in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress high command should keep aside both former Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot and bring forward such new people who can strengthen the party again by staying away from factionalism and can keep the morale strong by instilling enthusiasm among the party workers. Only then will Congress be able to emerge stronger again in the times to come. If Congress politics in the state continues to revolve around Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, then the mutual tug of war between the two groups will continue as before and Congress will also have to suffer losses. Therefore, people of undisputed image should be brought forward and placed in the leadership positions. Only then will good days come again for Congress.

Ramesh Saraf Dhamora

(The author is an independent journalist recognized by the Government of Rajasthan. His articles are published in many newspapers of the country.)

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