Srinagar: Following the party tradition religiously, JK Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Saif-ud-Din Soz has dyed his son, Salman Soz, in Congress colours and is all set to field him on a party ticket from Baramulla constituency in the Assembly polls to be held later this year.
Many believe that Soz has learnt the ‘art’ first in National Conference where he spent some precious years of his life and now in the Congress where family comes first. “Soz must have won a pat from the High Command in New Delhi for passing on the tradition to the next generation,” a senior political commentator said sarcastically.
“The Congress happens to be the largest ‘democratic’ party of the world. But is it really democratic,” asked the commentator, adding that since India gained independence, the Congress has been run by the Nehru family. After Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi took over the reins of the party. After her assassination at the hands of her personal guards on October 31, 1984, her son Rajiv Gandhi assumed the driver’s seat. Rajiv Gandhi fell to a human bomb in 1991. Rajiv’s wife Sonia “initially showed reluctance to keep alive the family tradition but the temptation was too strong to be resisted. She ultimately did what the people of India had been expecting,” said the commentator.
Sonia’s dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India was, however, shattered as opposition BJP vociferously raised the issue of her foreign origin. Two years ago, she fielded her son Rahul Gandhi as the vice-president of the party and the Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Senior Congress leaders make no bones about this ‘stark reality’ that it’s Gandhi family that calls the shots. From veterans like Abdul Ghani Vakil to new entrants in the party, all speak one language. “The decision shall be taken by the party High Command,” they convey. Madam Sonia Gandhi’s word is final.