04 October Wednesday

CongRSS: A Curious Clone

Anilkumar A VUpdated: Saturday Apr 9, 2022

The German philosopher Georg Hegel said, the only thing that we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. Canadian Novelist  Steven Erikson  put that idea in another way, the lesson of history is that no one learns.This explanation suits Congress very much. Even at the time of Fascist tendencies and  Modification   the Grand old Party is wasting time  boasting about vanished traditions. Placing soft Hindutva for hard Hindutva. Go Raksha became   favourite agenda  like  Sangha Parivar and silent on mass lynching. By  Saffronising themselves the congress cannot defeat these Criticising BJP's corporate appeasement  with the same economic policies is foolish. So failed utterly to grab people's support. Money hungry, power thirsty, Aayaram Gayaram leaders eroded the base of Congress and made the party a carbon copy of BJP.  

Aaya Ram Gaya Ram
Aaya Ram Gaya Ram (Ram has come, gone) is a metaphor in Indian politics meaning frequent floor-crossing in the legislature by leaders and parties. The usage  originated in 1967 in Haryana where shamefully notorious horse trading took place.  Triggering numerous  rounds of continuous defections by politicians within few weeks. That culminated  in the dissolution of Assembly and held elections in 1968. Musical chair type of public "service' was subject of many comedy and cartoons. The term originated when Gaya Lal, won elections as independent candidate and joined the Congress. Thereafter changed parties thrice in a fortnight. This type of irresponsibility of congress weakened the struggle against the saffron brigade.

By supplying eight chief ministers, 112 former MPs, 126 former MLAs and 80 MLAs  in  a short span of time, the Congress helped to strengthen BJP. Wherever Modi bhakths faced crisis some congress leaders extended every form of support  and  thus conspired to grab power in various states. Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan etc are the game  ground of nasty and unethical politics. List of former Chief ministers who seek fortune and devalued morality include   ND Tiwari, Jagatambika Pal (U P), Narayan Rane (Maharashtra), Shankersingh Vaghela (Gujrat), Vijay Bahu Guna (Uttarakhand) N Biren Singh (Manipur) Prema Khandu (Arunachal), S M Krishna (Karnataka). Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram epidemic  and  hunger for power and money became normal  among Gandhi's disciples. More than 25  top braces deserted Congress and associated with BJP since 2013; and  lost highest number of leaders since 2014.

One of the celebrated future promising leaders of the Congress and main lieutenant in Rahul brigade Jyotiraditya Scindia has no hesitation to be a loyal family member of Modi parivar. A host of leaders from Uttarakhand joined BJP just ahead of Assembly elections in 2016. In Uttar Pradesh many senior leaders went with  in the last couple of years. Just before 2017 Assembly elections, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who was once the official face on channels, became  BJP leader. She is now a  minister with Yogi. Former president of U P unit, Jagdambika Pal embraced saffron  ahead the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.In Assam, BJP government's Deputy Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma was once the closest aide of former Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. Seven former ministers from the Sheila Dikshit Cabinet and senior leaders of the Congress from Delhi are now part of NDA. Congress Mahila Morcha president Barkha Singh joined BJP. In Madhya Pradesh, 22 MLAs betrayed the voters who elected them. In Goa, 10 out of 15 MLAs jumped the Congress ship to go with the BJP- led government.

The NDA led by BJP bagged two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam, which went to  polls on 2022 March 31. The current composition of State Legislature BJP has 63 MLAs.  Its alliance partners, United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have 7 and 9 MLAs respectively. In total, NDA has a total of 79 seats in the Assembly.The Bodoland People's Front (BPF) with three MLAs also supported  Himanta Biswa government. Congress has 27 MLAs, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) 15 MLAs, CPI M and Raijor Dal  one each.With Congress support   NDA candidates received 90 votes, which is 11 more  than the strength of BJP.

Series of defections in the Congress began ahead of 2014 general elections continue.  The collapse of Kumaraswamy led JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, is a trap, literally called "Operation Lotus'. After this experiment money bags  tried to destabilise  Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Apart from leadership crisis, Congress facing trouble in various states.  In Rajasthan former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot rebelled against state leadership manytimes. In Punjab, Cricketer-turned-  politician Navjot Singh Sidhu revolted against chief minister Amarinder Singh, made state  president months ahead of assembly polls. Several Senior leaders left the party.

Cow dung
budget briefcase

Congress leader and Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel  reached Assembly by  holding  a suitcase made of cow dung to present budget  for 2022-23.  In 2020, state government announced that it will procure dung from breeders and farmers through  "The Godhan Nyay Yojana'. Thus the Congress tried to convince that they are the B team of poisonous breed of politics. And competed with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the plight of cows in cattle shelters in the state and is set to embark on a padayatra  in Bundelkhand to highlight the issue louded by the BJP. The UP Congress is embarking on a Gaay Bachao, Kisan Bacha padayatra from Lalitpur to Chitrakoot. State Chief Ajay Kumar Lallu, former union minister Pradeep Jain Aditya lead the yatra. At the same time Priyanka Gandhi send letter to Yogi  expressing concern over the horrific' condition of cows. Rahul Gandhi's speech at Jaipur rally sparked debate on Hindu Congress Vs Hindutva BJP. Both of them  made  frequent temple visits, projecting themselves as sacred Hindu Brahmins.

The Congress manifesto released  for Madhya Pradesh election (November  2018) was a testimony of the leadership's shortsightedness about  Indian plurality. Commitment to develop the "Ram path", (a mythical route taken by Lord Ram during 14-year exile), building gaushalas in all  panchayats, starting commercial production of gomutra' (cow urine) and kanda' (cow dung cakes), opening spiritual department were prominent promises. In opposition for one and half decades, offered to build many more cow sanctuaries and provide grants for upkeep and maintenance in BJP- ruled state.  India's  first cow sanctuary foundation was laid by RSS Sarsanghchalak  Mohan Bhagwat. The manifesto also promised to set up camps on main roads to provide treatment of injured cows and last rites of dead ones  besides commitment to make available grazing land.

Releasing the manifesto, Congress leader  Rajendra Singh told the media that they promises to amend the anti-cow slaughter Act. The cow is a sacred animal for us. We can't encourage slaughter at any cost'' he declared. Attempting to underline soft Hindutva stance with references to Lord Ram, Narmada river and cow urine, the Madhya Pradesh Congress copied BJP. It states host of measures for the conservation of Narmada, considered holy by Hindus. Congress offered  it would develop religious places along the river at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore. Besides enacting the Maa Narmada Nyas Adhiniyam' for its conservation.The river has been at the centre of the state politics for long time.  BJP organised Narmada Sewa Yatra' earlier and Congress National leader Digvijaya Singh carried out 3,500- kilometre parikrama' of the river by foot. What all these undoubtedly proved is a  new clon is going on in the Indian political centre; Is it  CongRSS?.