The Congress' toll-free telephone number to gather the complaints of political vendetta is a sign of communication breakdown to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
"It proves that either the grass-roots system in the Congress is dysfunctional or the party is not in touch with its workers," Sukhbir said on Wednesday in a chat with the media here. "Former state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh had ranted about 50,000 vendetta cases in the past five years but failed to point out even one in the assembly," he added.
He said the new state Congress president, Partap Singh Bajwa, was repeating a few sound bites he had. "The Congress workers know that party has never returned to power in any state where it lost two consecutive elections," he said, referring to the examples of Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, and Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress needed a gimmick every day to keep its workers charged up, said the deputy CM. "Bajwa may dye his beard but he cannot reverse the age clock of the Congress on its deathbed," he said. "Every Congress leader is in a shrillness match to get into the eyes of10 Janpath, which controls all stings of the party and has made the post of the state party president redundant."