All is not well in the Congress paradise. The clashes and differences among the leaders just won’t end. Despite hosting diplomacy dinners, Congress leaders are unable to see eye to eye with each other. The recent conflict arose due to the ‘ghar wapsi’ of two Jat leaders- Former union minister Subhash Maharia and ex-MP Hari Singh, in Congress. Both the leaders will be inducted on October 27 in the presence of AICC general secretary in-charge of Rajasthan Gurudas Kamat, Congress state president Sachin Pilot and leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot is outraged with the decision of inducing both the leaders whose loyalty to the party is questionable. Dr. Singh was a critic to Gehlot’s work and had resigned from the Congress in 2011 due to his differences with Ashok Gehlot. He subsequently supported BJP in the 2013 assembly elections and in the 2014 general elections. Mahariya too was earlier with the BJP but was expelled from the party as he contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Sikar against the party’s official candidate.
Not the best leaders to include in the party, but going by the current scenerio of the party members, Maharia and Singh are the only best options. Belonging to Rajasthan’s largest community, Jats, Congress is projecting this as a reply to BJP’s move of ‘poaching’ Rita Bahuguna Joshi in Uttar Pradesh.
Subhash Maharia (59) was the union minister of state for rural development from Oct 1999 to Jan 2003 and for consumer affairs, food and public distribution from Jan 2003 to May 2004. He was elected on BJP ticket from Sikar in 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha from 1998 to 2004. Dr. Hari Singh (80) was made the Congress MLA thrice between 1977 and 1996 and also contested in 11th Lok Sabha from Sikar where he defeated Maharia in 1996.
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Either Congress is getting more corrupt day by day or the members can finally foresee the fate of the party, that Congress leaders throughout the county are opting out of their party.
Sachin Pilot is said to be responsible for bringing the two discarded members back into the party. By bringing back Singh, Sachin has made his stance stronger over Gehlot, given the fact that none of the Gehlot supporters are happy with this decision. While former PCC chief Narayan Singh remains quiet, Rameshwar Dudi claims that the leaders who left the party for personal gains are now returning after not getting anything.
State in-charge Gurudas Kamat’s effort to mend differences between senior party leaders has gone in vain. What was supposed to be a fortnightly event, Ashok Gehlot took the initiative and hosted the first dinner but no announcement has been made for the second dinner. Infact, differences only seem to increase among the members post the dinner diplomacy.
In the process of gaining power, the congress leaders are blatantly pushing each other into the pit and falling flat face themselves!