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T N Ninan: Re-inventing the Congress

The party's response to what has become an existential crisis seems to be to turn to Priyanka Gandhi-as though the solution to dynastic incompetence is more dynasty, not less

T N Ninan 

T N Ninan

Does anyone know how to re-invent the Congress? There are four or five issues to address. The first is that, all too often when the party develops a strong state leader, he or she finds it feasible and attractive to break away and form a new private-limited party in the state.

In a repetition of the history of the Mughals and their satraps, the “family” in Delhi is often unable to re-assert control. What is left of the Congress in the state is usually a rump — as evident in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, and partially in Maharashtra. One preventive solution is to prop up ...

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First Published: Fri, May 20 2016. 21:50 IST
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