Talk of Sheila’s letter to leadership rings bell in Congress corridors

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New Delhi: As the Narendra Modi government completes three years in office, the heartburn within the Congress has increased on its leadership’s inability to match the ruling party’s prowess. According to well-placed sources, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has sounded out several senior Congress leaders on “the need to take up the challenge posed by the BJP”.

Sources said that the veteran of many political battles has hinted at the need for the Congress leaders to get together and check on the roadmap which the leadership may have to counter the rapid march of the BJP in making “Congress-Mukht Bharat” (India sans Congress).

It could not be mere coincidence that Dikshit is trying to create buzz on the day Punjab Chief Minister and another senior Congress leader Captain Amrinder Singh has endorsed the human shield tactics followed by the Indian Army against the stone-pelting rioters in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Tough situations warrant tough reactions, and dangerous situations often, if not always, merit daring actions. When Major Nitin Gogoi decided (and, mind you, it could not have been anything other than a split-second decision) to use a civilian as a ‘human shield’ to protect his men from a stone-pelting mob, he was simply reacting to a tough situation in a dangerous environment,” Singh wrote on Saturday in lead article on the editorial page of The Indian Express.

The official Congress line on the issue, not be forgotten that it’s been delineated by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, has been critical of the Army Major. The party leaders have also been embarrassed by Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal’s defence of triple talaq before the Supreme Court at the behest of the Islamic bodies. “In wooing the minorities, we are increasingly losing on the majority vote. Actions of Gandhi is past few years including of siding with Naxalites in JNU have increasingly marginalised the Congress among the mainstream,” said a Congress leader on the development.

Captain had earlier rebuffed the leadership on the issue of casting aspersions on the EVMs.In another development, which cannot be seen as unconnected, Congress chief minister of Karnataka B Siddaramaiah on Friday had said that senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had brought him to the party after he quit Janata Dal (Secular), headed by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda. Speaking during a media interaction organised by the Press Club of Bangalore and Bangalore Reporters’ Guild, Siddaramaiah said,“I became close to Ahmed Patel when Dharam Singh was Chief Minister in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Patel asked me to join Congress and took me to Madam (Sonia Gandhi).”

Such credits for Patel, who is seen as a major stumbling block in the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president, certainly would not be music for the ears of the party high command.

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