Indian Democracy Suffers for a Lack of a Competent Opposition

After a series of electoral losses, the Congress Party, India’s largest opposition party, this month concluded a three-day brainstorming conclave with a barrage of announcements about newly formed councils, task forces and mass outreach programs to spread the party’s message across the country. The goal is to revive the party’s appeal ahead of national elections scheduled for 2024. But none of these plans addressed the party’s main problem: its leader, Rahul Gandhi.

On paper, Mr Gandhi resigned as party leader in 2019 after leading Congress to its second consecutive national election defeat at the hands of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, but in practice he remains the party’s most visible face and activist. The party appears to be in no hurry to elect a new president. Mr. Gandhi’s mother, Sonia Gandhi, has served as interim president for the past three years. Indian Democracy Suffers for a Lack of a Competent Opposition

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