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Former AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat’s Concerns Over Democratic Nature of Congress
Former AICC general secretary and Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Harish Rawat has expressed his concerns about the increasing democratic nature of the party. According to Rawat, the internal conflicts within the Congress, particularly in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, are taking a toll on the party.
Need for Boundaries in Democracy
Rawat emphasized the need for setting boundaries within the party, stating that while the Congress is a democratic party, excessive democracy is causing problems. He stressed the importance of establishing limits, suggesting that the party should bid farewell to troublemakers.
Impact of Inner Party Conflicts
The senior leader pointed out that the rift between senior Congress leaders in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh has had a significant impact on the party. The tensions among key figures and the subsequent defection of leaders to other parties have resulted in detrimental consequences for Congress.
Challenges and Suggestions
Rawat suggested that the party should adopt a more straightforward approach, as opposed to following the BJP’s Hindutva ideology. He also highlighted the party’s historical blunders and the need to address them to regain a balanced image.
Concerns of Political Dividends
When questioned about the party’s failure to capitalize on leaders espousing ‘soft Hindutva,’ Rawat emphasized the need for the Congress to refrain from proving its religious identity. He also mentioned missed opportunities, such as not considering the offer from the Samajwadi Party for contesting elections in Madhya Pradesh.
Looking Ahead to Elections
In light of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Rawat underscored the necessity for the Congress to address its shortcomings and make necessary adjustments. He warned that failure to do so may lead to subpar results for the party.
Rawat’s concerns shed light on the challenges faced by the Congress and the need for strategic reforms to address internal conflicts and image-related issues.