Nation at 9: Reshuffle in party, Congress to elevate Rahul Gandhi as president

| Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 23:12
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Shaken by electoral setbacks and its shrinking national footprint, the Congress is embarking on a major organizational reshuffle which will see president Sonia Gandhi handing over the baton to Rahul Gandhi. Highly placed Congressional sources have told media that this major 'surgery' will take place in the next few weeks.
In fact, we're even being told that there is a role in the offing for Priyanka Gandhi too. But no sooner had the news broken that some voices in the Congress began to ask questions. They wondered whether elevating Rahul would only underline the belief that the coin is a Gandhi family fief.
They asked whether elevating Rahul would lead rivals to ask whether there is space for merit in the Congress party. Some even said that the BJP would be entitled to say that the coin was rewarding an underachiever who had pushed the party under him to its lowest ever showing in general elections in 2014. Others said that perpetuating dynasty is totally out of sync with a changing India, where merit matters more than lineage.
Some young Turks who see a greater role for themselves are asking how can Rahul argue against dynastic rule when he himself is going to be its biggest
As if on a cue the BJP lashed out at the Congress thanking the party for sticking by Rahul and ensuring that the saffron parties dream of a 'Congress-mukt' Bharat is realized. The BJP 's jibe has an ominous ring to it. Will it come true?
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