Rahul Gandhi has become a symbol of “Bharat Jodo” (united India) and will appear in a new avatar following the Congress’ pan-India march, according to senior party leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday.
Singh, who has been a part of the Bharat Jodo Yatra since it began in Kanyakumari, said in an interview that the march has definitely had a positive impact on the Congress because it is the first time that the grand old party is being discussed in remote areas and villages, and people are very impressed that Rahul Gandhi is walking all the way.
The yatra will help strengthen the party, he said, noting that the Congress currently lacks commitment to ideology and leadership. Rahul Gandhi is leading the yatra, which began in Kanyakumari and will conclude in Jammu and Kashmir. During the march, a number of Congress leaders will walk 3,500 kilometers.
“In this country, if anyone does ‘tyag’ (sacrifice), he is always revered. Sonia Gandhi did ‘tyag’ of the prime minister’s post.
“And here, Rahul Gandhi is walking, sweating in the heat, standing in the rain, fighting all kinds of fake news and defamation. He has become a symbol of Bharat jodo,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said.
When asked how the Yatra had aided Rahul, Singh replied, “Well, you shall see him now in his new avatar.” He stated that he has known Rahul for a long time and that once he decides to do something, nothing can stop him.
“The day he decides, no one will be able to stop him,” he said on Rahul’s political journey forward.
“Frankly, I have always seen him as a very highly committed and ideologically committed person with a highly inquisitive mind. He would not let you go until he has his answers. And, he is a prolific leader and very spiritual too,” the veteran said.
Singh, who dropped out of the race for Congress president in favor of party veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, said the Congress is “extremely poor” as an organization in comparison to the BJP, which is a cadre-based party.
The Congress is a part of a larger movement, and new leaders emerge from previous movements. “Obviously, new leadership will emerge from the party,” he said, adding that those marching have left their homes to demonstrate their commitment.
The Congress president will be elected on October 17, and the results will be announced on October 19. The Congress veteran also discussed the party’s flaws and efforts to overcome them. What this party lacks is a commitment to ideology and leadership, he lamented, adding that the party is also sending mixed signals.
“One of the major weaknesses of the Congress party is that it works in silos. There is no horizontal integration of all Congressmen at the cutting edge, which is the grassroots at the ground level. We have attempted this in this yatra. This is the format that we are preparing,” he said.
Concerning the yatra, he stated that they have appointed coordinators for each state and district, as well as the party’s frontal bodies and cells, which will help strengthen the organization structure at the grassroots level.
He stated that party leaders have been assigned specific tasks such as filling in and visiting many households to provide feedback. The most important accomplishment of the yatra, he said, is that the media is now looking at us and that Congress workers are now out of their homes, on the streets, and on the roads.
Singh also chastised some Congress leaders, claiming that some are experts in all-India politics but have never left their Delhi homes. The party veteran, who has long played an important role in the organization, expressed amusement that the BJP is criticizing and reacting to it.
When asked what advice he would give to detractors of Rahul Gandhi and the party, he simply said, “Take a walk.” When asked if this yatra would produce a new Digvijaya Singh, Singh said he would remain a humble, down-to-earth Congress worker.