At last, the leaders of the Congress have understood the ground reality. The reported decision of some of its Ministers to quit and work for the party organisation should mark the beginning of an overhaul of the party machinery. The way eight Congress MPs from Telengana behaved in Parliament leading to their suspension and the allegations of corruption and scandals against many of its members point to a lack of discipline in the party. Let us hope the latest move will prove to be a step in the right direction.
Suddenly, the Congress seems to be remembering Kamaraj, perhaps in the hope that it can restore some health to the party which is in disarray following its poor show in the recent elections. A cosmetic change is not a substitute for the will to govern, the lack of which is the root cause of its miserable performance.
People's pent-up anger on price rise and corruption needs to be tackled with a missionary zeal without blaming coalition politics for everything.
The suspension of the Congress MPs by their own party is a new low in our parliamentary democracy. What option did the MPs, facing the heat day-in and day-out, have? There were many closed door meetings with the Andhra Pradesh Congress leadership which were inconclusive. The Telangana MPs, cutting across party lines, have been raising the issue of separate statehood. There has been an increase in suicides over the issue, and the students are the worst hit by the agitation. Something — festival, election — comes in the way of taking a decision on the Telangana issue.
Achyuthaa Rao Aleti,