Did the Congress experiment in creating a generation of young leaders identified as Team Rahul completely fail? With Jitin Prasada following Jyotiraditya Scindia on joining the BJP, such a question needs to be asked in Congress, especially among veterans.

In the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, as he clashed with the outgoing BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government, Congress sent large numbers of young people to coincide with Mr Gandhi’s debut as a Lok member. Sabha of Amethi. Besides Mr. Prasada and Mr. Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Sandeep Dikshit, Milind Deora, Madhu Yaski Goud, Deepender Hooda, Manish Tewari and RPN Singh all received a ticket. While Mr. Tewari and Mr. Singh lost the elections, they were part of the Young Turks in Congress even before becoming members of Lok Sabha in 2009.

The idea was to replicate Indira Gandhi’s electoral strategy in Lok Sabha in January 1980 to form a team around Sanjay Gandhi who formed leaders like Kamal Nath and Captain Amarinder Singh, who ultimately worked with Rajiv Gandhi.

But 16 years later, several Young Turks, now in their 40s and 50s, are either “disillusioned” or have chosen to join the ruling party.

Letter from G23 to Sonia

Mr. Tewari and Mr. Dikshit are part of the group of 23 dissidents (G23) who wrote a letter to party leader Sonia Gandhi, calling for an overhaul of the organization; Mr. Deora finds himself on the sidelines of the party, Mr. Pilot struggles to recover after rebelling unsuccessfully against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

The loss of Lok Sabha’s ballot in 2019, coupled with a power struggle with Digvijaya Singh and Mr Nath, prompted Mr Scindia to leave Congress last year, and now Mr Prasada is said to have left after his own. assessment of the Congress situation. struggling in next year’s parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh.

“Jitin Prasada joins the BJP. The question is: will he get the BJP “prasada” or is he just a “trap” for the UP elections? In such deals, if “ideology” doesn’t matter, change is easy, “Kapil Sibal said on Twitter Thursday.

Mr Prasada had not won an election since 2009 – he lost the 2014 and 2019 elections to Lok Sabha as well as the 2017 UP Assembly elections – and his recent exit as the Congress Committee of the India (AICC) in charge of West Bengal resulted in disaster, while the party went blank.

Drift feeling

Its highly publicized release adds to the sense of drift that exists within Congress.

Party combats fires in Punjab as rivalry between Captain Amarinder and Navjot Singh Sidhu peaks ahead of next year’s Assembly elections; factionalism has resurfaced in Rajasthan with Mr. Pilot and his supporters openly expressing their discontent, the leadership has yet to find a workable compromise with the G23; and finally, the question of leadership is still open.

“The problem is at the top. The power-sharing arrangement between the President of Congress and Mr. Gandhi without any responsibility will no longer work, ”said a member of the G23, adding:“ None of us are leaving the party. We are here to change the way we operate ”.