Cong’s ADC debacle How the party ignored reality!

By Our Correspondent

With its dismal performance in Tripura TTAADC elections, the Congress party unit of the state has once again proved that except the signboard of being a century old party it assumes no significance in the political affairs of the state. There is no scope to deny the fact that the Congress party still has a golden opportunity to revive its ground but poor political strategy and lack of far-sightedness led the party to it's all time worst result in the TTAADC.

Congress insiders, who genuinely want the party to flourish from rags to riches, have charted a list of important points that the party has either eagerly or due to less political knowledge ignored ahead of the TTAADC elections and invited the disastrous outcome.

Booth Management

According to Congress sources, for fighting any elections, a strong booth management strategy needs to be developed. “Booths are the organs that disseminate the party’s decisions and programmes till the last person standing in the queue. There are altogether three thousand booths in the state and I am in doubt whether the party has its active booth committees in five to six hundred of the booths. When you have an opponent like BJP that has grasped almost the whole vote share of the Congress in last assembly elections, you are starting from zero. And, for that, your presence in all the booths, the primary cells becomes most important”, said a senior Congress leader who felt that Congress could have done better even could won a few seats Even though AICC observer Kuljit Singh Nagra directed the PCC to constitute all the booths but nothing had changed.

Loyalty to individual

Every party has a loyal workforce that toil overnight to drive it ahead. In Tripura Pradesh Congress, although it can be called an affair of few families running the whole party, has miserably failed to bring about any change in the culture of perennial differences among the leaders ending up creating lobbies that have no coordination with each other. All the leaders have their own strong lobbies and people who are more loyal to the individual leader, not the party that they belong to. “In Tripura, we have regimented opponents. All these years, we fought CPIM, which had a strong consolidated presence in each quarter of the society. Now, BJP is our challenge that has hijacked the whole Congress machinery and has its own order of organization although not strong enough if compared to CPIM. While in Congress, all leaders have their own set of people in the sub-divisions and districts. No Congress worker is identified within the party as a Congressman but a worker of Birajit lobby, Gopal Lobby or the Pijush lobby. Until and unless, a strong feeling of loyalty towards the party could be instilled within the Congress workers, revival is nothing short of an impossible task”, said another Congress leader.

He claimed the same thing was being faced by the present PCC president Pijush Biswas. “The struggle of Biswas is with his own party. The whole body of the Congress be it district, block or PCC was appointed by the former Congress president Birajit Sinha. Now, Pijush is left alone and in the decision making process it affects the most. Same thing applies in the case of Biswas’s predecessor Pradyot Kishore Debbarman. He got less support from the Congress machinery as the entire workforce in the sub-division, district and block level was made completely defunct at the behest of the individual the chiefs of the district and block leaders feel like their leader”, the leader added.

AICC’s choice

Adding up to the woes, some decisions imposed by the AICC also hurt the party in different intervals. Appointment of AICC observers had been a strong issue with the Congress party since the beginning. The present AICC observer for the state Kuljit Singha Nagra, is no doubt a seasoned politician for his part of the land, but he is a novice in terms of the Tripura politics. “The AICC must give the responsibility to some known face so that people can see their future in the Congress. Otherwise, chances of revival whatever strong may be shall remain in possibilities only”, a leader explained.

Issue less politics

Last but not the least, to remain in touch with the electorates, a political party should always keep on raising issues. Since the last few years, Congress’s political programmes have remained confined to the direction of Delhi. Some protests are organized as a part of national programmes but no significant movement can be seen on the part of Congress that could really disturb the ruling party for a long long time.

Optimism

Congress sources, however, later admitted that still the party could emerged as a strong political front as people were neither happy with the BJP nor willing to bring the CPIM back in power but for that religious efforts had to be put from top to bottom and forthcoming Agartala Municipal Corporation elections could be treated as an acid test for the party.