It is a big irony that Indian National Congress which used to be the biggest political party of India is fighting for its survival. Senior party leaders have started admitting that upcoming elections in Goa, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are going to be a big challenge for the party.
Senior party leader Digvijay Singh made these comments recently when asked about the future of the party in the coming elections. These developments have not happened gradually over a period, ever since Sonia Gandhi gave the major share of leadership to Rahul. The ruling combine of BJP has a strong leadership as compared to Congress and this difference has started showing up.
Infighting among congress leadership in Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab also adds fuel to the fire. Uttar Pradesh which is always considered to be a key state in Indian politics does not have a strong Congress leadership. Similar is the case with Goa and Punjab where infighting in the party has made things difficult for it.
Congress is trying hard to woo voters in Goa and will organize conference of Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Community members to attract them to the party fold. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi too is touring Uttar Pradesh to make things work in favor of Congress. However, the caste politics here is dominated by Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress is not likely to make much impact in the state.
Punjab is another different ball game for the party. Amarinder Singh has not been able to bring his flock together and Arvind Kejriwal from AAP is making things difficult for Congress here.
In all, Congress is not likely to fare better in the upcoming elections and its fortunes are likely to dwindle with elections approaching in Punjab, Goa and Uttar Pradesh in 2017.