Thursday, May 23, 2013
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18 November 2012Issue 2 ~ The Congress needs more than a day in Surajkund to get its act together
There is no denying the fact that the Congress party has to get its act together to win back the confidence of the electorate well in time of the general election scheduled in 2014. As things stand now, it faces the prospect of a humiliating defeat in 2014. In order to change its fortunes, it has to endear itself to the people by taming inflation, bringing down prices of essential commodities and spurring economic growth with an eye on “inclusiveness” instead of just talking about it.
Undoubtedly, this is a tall order. Most importantly, the Congress party should undertake a massive campaign to educate the people about the need for essential economic reforms. This requires a fine balance but if accomplished successfully, would dent the Opposition’s tirade against the Congress party. Of course, there is much to be said about the quality of governance on offer. The UPA II government should act in a transparent manner and also be seen as acting decisively. If periodical conclaves are held ~ such as the one in Surajkund ~ to draw up plans and also to monitor the progress and corrective actions is taken as necessary, it can hope to come back to power in 2014. It is a do or die battle for Congress party. If it plays its cards properly instead of projecting dynastic privileges, it has a chance of returning to power after the 2014 general election.
p s ponnuswami,
12 november, kolkata