Alarming for Congress as poor response in Amravati rally


Joseph Rao

The Congress is currently holding rallies in Western Vidarbha region which started from Kalamb in Yavatmal district and will conclude in Buldana district but looking to the poor response in Amravati, the alarm bells are ringing. Once holding record of sending Members of Parliament from entire 11 seats of Vidarbha and excellent Vidhan Sabha results over a period of time, the Congress now in Opposition is finding difficult to gather support in Western Vidabhar is surprising.

Congress is lagging behind the alliance partner NCP which had already conducted rallies across the state much earlier and in one stretch. Congress decided to go ahead in parts. First they launched their +Sangharsh Yatra+ (rally) before Diwali and are now holding region wise. The Yatra has now reached Western Vidarbha and later it will come to Eastern Vidarbha including second capital Nagpur. Now Congress has a tall central leader in Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Malikarjun Kharge as the in charge general secretary of party affairs of Maharashtra and therefore it is up to the local leaders right from Pradesh Congress president Ashok Chavan to utilise his good office and services for uplifting the morale of the common party men and workers at the grass root level.

The poor response in Amravati should be taken seriously by the State and Central leadership and fix the responsibility on local leaders who failed to do ground work and mobilize suppopt for the public meeting. Looking to the profile of Amravati city, Congress has certainly a presence in the Cotton City. It has produced persons like Pratibha Patil who later first became Governor of Rajasthan and later President of India. Her son Raosaheb Shekhawat is sitting MLA. In the larger alliance, Congress has always sided with Republican Party of India (Gavai faction).

Though its founder R S Gavai who was Governor of Kerala at the time of his demise continue to be Congress partner. His won Rajendra Gavai does not enjoy much clout and therefore Congress should not depend on him. There is little time left for gearing up for forthcoming Lok Sabha polls in summer and therefore Congress need to woke up from deep slumber.