The Congress believes that alliances are a compulsion for it and not an option. And so, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Thursday endorsed Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion that the party should start rebuilding itself by fielding new and young faces, specially in constituencies it has been losing heavily.
Rahul, who holds charge of the Youth Congress, reportedly laid stress on grooming and projecting deserving youngsters in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. “But we don’t want it easy. Give them 30 percent seats where the party has repeatedly lost. Let them fight so that they can in future build the party and the constituency,” he said at the meeting.
Convened to discuss the current political situation, the CWC called for hard bargaining with allies, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar, the Samajwadi Party in UP or the DMK in Tamil Nadu as some of these parties — on whom the Congress depends -- have also gained out of their association with it though they are now resorting to pressure tactics. “Nobody should dictate terms to us,” said a leader pleading anonymity.
And though the electoral warcry would be to defeat the BJP, the Congress’s battle is, as senior leader A.K. Antony told the CWC, with regional parties which seemed to be growing stronger.
“The Congress is clear that there is no alliance at the national level. Our adjustment is at the state level with UPA parties. This will continue,” said leader Janardan Dwivedi who ruled out a joint manifesto. He added that the Congress would fight on its own manifesto.