Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's 'Ekala Chalo Re' for Rahul

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

One characteristic of Rahul Gandhi that emerged in the last general elections was that he doesn't believe too much in coalition politics. During the Lok Sabha elections it was his decision to go alone in Uttar Pradesh the hub of Indian politics. Not only did Rahul come out with flying colours grabbing 20 Lok Sabha seats he also dented the big dreams of leaders like Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Amar Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan and Lalu Prasad Yadav.

If it was UP before the polls it seems to be the turn of Maharashtra in the upcoming Assembly elections. Congress workers in the state are riding on the confidence of the General Elections and believe they can pull off a win without the support of the NCP. The Congress high command might give into their demands considering the dwindling popularity of Sharad Pawar. If Congress can pull it off without NCP, Sharad Pawar's political career will almost be finished. He has already swallowed his Prime Ministerial dreams and now can only find solace only if he manages to hold Maharashtra.

With the resurgence process of Congress switched on in UP and Maharashtra, Rahul Gandhi seems to be heading south. In his recent three-day Tamil Nadu trip, Rahul urged the state party leaders to lessen dependence on the the two Dravidian major parties DMK and AIADNK. Congress hasn't tasted success in Tamil Nadu since it lost lost to the DMK four decades ago in 1967. This is the longest period in India's history for a state to have not seen any Congress government.

Rahul seems to be on the march towards bringing back Congress' golden period it enjoyed in the first two decades of India gaining freedom. If Rahul succeeds the larger impact might be in loosening the grip of the regional parties in their respective states. This would in turn pave the way for better functioning of the central government which time and again has suffered blackmailing by the regional parties.

For now Rahul seems to be reciting Rabindranath Tagore's 'Ekala Chalo Re'


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