Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The political pollutants – BJP and BJD – are certainly shocked over continuance of Prasad Harichandan as President of the Provincial Unit of the Congress Party.
The Party, to which the yet alive Gandhians belong, has an inherent responsibility to save the country from communal as well as regional crocodiles. Their meretricious tears for the people are more harmful than any syndrome that can ever affect them emotionally and physically. If communalism is enemy number one of democracy, regionalism is no less, inasmuch as it damages Indian Nationalism. Congress, the national party, is neither communal nor regional. Therefore, despite belonging to the same political economy of inequality, Congress is less harmful to our people than BJP and BJD.
Both these parties had partnered in a coalition that had outvoted the Congress in 2000. The Congress fall was engineered by personal ambitions of a few close colleagues of J.B.Patnaik, whom the top political position was more alluring than the party. The same syndrome seen in its legislative wing asserting to be independent of the organizational body has kept the party atrophied even today in Orissa.
From tomorrow, the scenario may change. Change of the PCC chief would have been suicidal, because, thereby, the perception of the legislative wing that it is a combine of privileged persons, too privileged and distinguished to stay subservient to the organizational leadership, could have gained ground.
By deciding to stand with the organizational head of the PCC, Mr. Gandhi has not only dismissed the wrong notion of the legislative wing that it is above the organization, but also has clamped the long needed discipline at his party’s most important juncture of life.
This will give Orissa a new hope to have a government that would neither be communal nor regional.