A funny game of thrones is being played in the Congress Party. Yes. The party can get one Rajya Sabha MP elected from Karnataka and Sonia Gandhi has chosen 76 year-old Mallikarjun Kharge. Now, two more senior leaders do not like this. The reason? The oldie will block their promotion chain. Interestingly, both the leaders too are quite old and are staring at political retirement.
If Kharge gets elected, there is every possibility that Sonia Gandhi make him the leader of the party in Parliament. This suits the Congress very well because Kharge is a Dalit and this act could help win Dalits towards the Congress side. After all, he was the leader of the parliamentary party in the last Lok Sabha and represented Gulbarga. Given his seniorlty, an ailing Sonia Gandhi might ask him to take care of the parliamentary party. Now this is a big dampener for Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is coveting the same post. Ghulam has been pleading for the post with the party top boss. This is also a disappointment for another senior leader Anand Sharma. He wanted to become deputy leader of the party. He wants Ghulam Nabi to be promoted so that he can replace Ghulam Nabi.
But, now it is almost certain that Mallikarjuna Kharge is all set to win the Rajya Saba elections, their hopes of promotion are dashed. Isn't it strange that at a time when the party is facing its worst crisis, these leaders are hankering after the positions in the party? And all these at a time when the top leader Sonia Gandhi is unwell and unable to give her 100 per cent?