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'Nataka' in Karnataka: Where's the Congress heading as a party?
The bizarre Karnataka drama has extended beyond the point of shamelessness. Disqualify the MLAs or accept their resignations, Kumaraswami's government is no more enjoying majority. The BJP might be blamed for creating instability or poaching MLAs through operation Kamala Part-II, point remains that the Congress-JDS government is an incompetent one and was never stable from day one.

The only basis of the JDS-Congress alliance was to stop the BJP. But there are inherent contradictions. The Congress and the JDS are rivals in many seats where the BJP has minimal presence. Then, Siddharamiah is an ex-JDS member who rebelled against the Devegowdas. Thus, it would be difficult for him to reconcile with Kumaraswami as CM. Most of the rebel MLAs are said to be loyalist of Siddharamaiah. Then there's another group inside the Congress headed by Mallikarjun Kharge. Post the loss in the 2017 Assembly election, Kharge's group has become hyper active for sidelining Siddharamaih.

Also a vacuum has developed in the central leadership of the Congress since Rahul Gandhi's resignation. The party itself is sailing directionless without an official leader. Parties that are dynastic in nature (present Congress and many regional parties) usually induce frustration among cadres when rudderless. The party cadres know that their highest ambition will be some profitable posts below which dynastic members wouldn't be interested (such as CM, minister or such other posts). But if the dynasty loses the charisma then things became hopeless for them. Rahul Gandhi lost two consecutive general elections and thus people from the Congress would be in a mood to quit the party. Ten Congress MLAs of Goa recently left the Congress and merged with the BJP.

Then there's an internal fight between young blood and veterans inside the Congress party. Sources say that Rahul Gandhi wanted all CWC members to resign but none adhered to it. It's also being said that Rahul wanted Sachin Pilot and Jyotoraditya Scindia to be CM of Rajasthan and MP respectively but the veterans Gehlot and Kamal Nath won the race through Sonia Gandhi's intervention. This is also one of the reasons for Rahul Gandhi's resignation.

It's not only the BJP, but many parties like the TRS, YSRCP and BJD are now getting more and more Congress MLAs. In the past in states where the Congress has lost, the party workers have either joined regional parties or the BJP. Parties like the TMC, TDP, SP, BSP, etc. had got most of Congress cadres into their party to expand their footprint in their respective states.

It's really laughable when the Congress protests against the BJP for all disarrays in the Congress party. If you can't put your house in order, how can you blame others? The BJP is a political party and not here to do charity. It has every right to exploit any political situation of its opponents.

As the things are moving now, I am afraid that the Grand Old Party is moving towards oblivion. The main issue is that if the Congress doesn't sustain as a powerful opposition then Narendra Modi-led BJP and NDA government would monopolize Indian politics. You may be an admirer of Narendra Modi but no democracy lover ever wants a government or a political party to monopolize the politics.

Thus, for the sake of democracy, India needs a strong opposition. Will the Congress really revive itself to be a trusted political force? Or there will be a new opposition force nationally to counter Narendra Modi led government? People will need the answers desperately as it's a question of survival of democracy.

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