Advertisement
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
Outlook.com
cover story

On The Move

It was an impressive if futile performance. But Sonia will need more to pull her party and the Opposition together.

On The Move
T. Narayan
On The Move
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

But when the applause over her performance had died down and Congressmen sat down to evaluate their gains, they found nothing substantive. They hadn't succeeded either in embarrassing the government, or in showing up cracks in the NDA. Returning empty-handed from Parliament, Congress spin doctors were reduced to contrasting Sonia's better-than-usual performance against Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's lacklustre late-night speech on August 19. The no-confidence exercise thus seems to have been intended solely to showcase Sonia and pitch her as the alternative leader to Vajpayee.

The question that naturally follows is whether Sonia can deliver the goods. Even the party's most ardent sympathisers aren't entirely sure. Though they agree that the Congress is the only viable alternative to the BJP, they acknowledge that the party faces a "credibility gap" in the voters' perception, which the no-confidence adventure did nothing to bridge. "The politics of exposé is counter-productive. The Congress doesn't need to expose the NDA's self-evident monumental follies. It needs to evolve its own strategy," says Jamia Millia Islamia's Mushirul Hasan.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

How Parag Agrawal Obsessively Focused On Controlling Hate Speech As Twitter CTO

How Parag Agrawal Obsessively Focused On Controlling Hate Speech As Twitter CTO

After taking over as CTO of Twitter, Parag Agrawal’s main focus was on using AI and ML to identify hate speech and bots that were used to spread misinformation through the microblogging site.

'Omicron Virus' Or 'South Africa Variant'? Here's What Not To Call New Covid-19 Strain

'Omicron Virus' Or 'South Africa Variant'? Here's What Not To Call New Covid-19 Strain

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has led to several discussions on WHO's method of naming virus variants on Greek alphabets. But terms like 'South Africa virus' have remained in use.

IPL Retention, Live Updates: Who Stays And Who Goes?

IPL Retention, Live Updates: Who Stays And Who Goes?

Will the IPL team owners value loyalty, performance, or a combination of both while retaining players? As the drama unfolds, follow live updates here.

Opposition Unity: Act Fast Or Perish, TMC Makes Its Message Ring Louder

Opposition Unity: Act Fast Or Perish, TMC Makes Its Message Ring Louder

TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee is set to meet the leadership of the Shiv Sena and NCP in the backdrop of her deliberate decision not to meet Sonia Gandhi.

Advertisement