Congress is passing through its worst phase since Independence, recording its lowest performance in the last Lok Sabha polls as its tally plunged from 206 to a mere 44. In state assembly elections too it has just won the elections in Punjab and had also managed to win more seats than any other party in both Goa and Manipur, but the Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to form governments there in alliance with regional outfits. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi appeared to have passed the baton to her son Rahul Gandhi, who led the party’s campaigning for the recently-held elections, but it seems that this thing is not going well with the other party members.An online petition has been launched calling for Congress senior leader Shashi Tharoor to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections in 2019.
The party, which has been led by its Vice President Rahul Gandhi recently, had been reduced to just 44 seats in the 2014 polls, which is not enough to be considered the leader of Opposition.
The petition on change.org, which had 11,721 signatures by Tuesday evening, was started by a resident of Thiruvananthapuram – Tharoor’s Lok Sabha seat. The petition says, “Shashi Tharoor is a man well qualified with deep knowledge of international and national issues, who can connect with the people of India and with world leaders.” It also outlines his work and that Tharoor had worked at the United Nations for more than 30 years in various positions. In addition, the 61-year-old internationally known speaker has authored several books, including the latest one Inglorious Empire.
Over the past few months, Tharoor has emerged as the most vocal of all Congress leaders and his popularity is at an all-time high following his book release and subsequent appearances in international shows highlighting how Britain drained India of its wealth. He was India’s most followed politician on Twitter until 2013 when he was overtaken by the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He currently has 4.9 million followers on the micro-blogging social media site.