KANPUR: Congress darling has turned out the party’s saviour at his 47 years of life. Her mother guided the 132-year-old party for as many as 19 long years since 1998. However, young, energetic and bachelor Rahul Gandhi, as reports put it thus: He inherits the Congress mantle at a time when the grand old party is plumbing the depths of political fortunes. It has a miserable 44 parliamentarians in 543-member Lok Sabha, its vote share has plummeted to a historic 19.5 % low in 2014. Presently, it is exerting its power in merely eight out of 29 states. It possesses 766 seats in the 4120 legislative assemblies.
Rahul Gandhi appeared to have groomed him as a political leader after the Gujarat politics. He is the sixth person in line for the party’s highest post. Despite all the electoral defeats the Congressmen still loved to see into him a saviour. However, the Congress finds its unity only behind one family.
It appears that the much-stressed anti-incumbency trends in the Gujarat politics were helping him the party’s chieftain.
It is not only the Congress Party which has submitted itself to the dynastic or family rule but various other regional parties too have approved it. This is the stark reality of our indigenous politics. Though our great country is wholly constitutional, the politicians like to take inspiration from their own drawn-up contour. Pt. Moti Lal Nehru assumed the presidentship of the Congress Party in 1919 for the first time at its Amritsar convention and later at Calcutta convention in 1928. His son Jawaharlal Nehru was elected in 1929, 1930, 1936, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954 respectively.
Indira Gandhi took it onward by her election in the special session of Delhi in 1959. Further, she was chosen for the presidentship in 1978, 1983 and 1984. Holding the post as the youngest president Rajiv Gandhi adorned the presidentship from 1985 to 1991.