The Telangana Congress legislature party officially split on Thursday with the defectors finally securing the numbers to evade the anti-defection law and leave the party to join the ruling TRS. Congress’s dismal performance in the assembly elections had clearly disillusioned its victorious MLAs who saw no reason to continue in the opposition with no dearth of overtures from the ruling side.
Congress’s slide also coincides with BJP’s rise in the southern state, securing four of its 17 Lok Sabha seats. Congress is also witnessing dissidence in Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Punjab. The party’s government in Madhya Pradesh is increasingly looking shaky. In Chhattisgarh, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is being accused of not carrying other leaders along. In states like Maharashtra and Haryana the leadership of the state PCC is becoming a bone of contention.
The confusion over Rahul Gandhi’s continuance at the top adds to the sense of disarray in the Congress. The party is is need of a thorough revamp. But neither the central or state leaderships look capable of such an exercise which can lead to many more revolts. The sooner Congress can put its house in order the earlier it can work out how to counter the multiple narratives that have turned public opinion against Congress.