Sonia Gandhi, the women with a lot of tragedy. Today she is given a remarkable last speech as a president of the Congress. Congress has been the driving force behind the Congress for more than 19 years, the 71-year-old Sonia.
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In 2004, the BJP was trounced and the Congress made a surprise return to power. The lonely grieving lady from 10 Janpath on whom the Congress had thrust greatness and responsibility had come on her own. She was a leader in her own right, the unquestioned chairperson of the ruling UPA and the chairperson of the National Advisory Council.
She would not become the prime minister herself but would nominate one and enjoy all the powers without being in office, without being held responsible and accountable. All good actions would be attributed to her initiatives and all the follies would be blamed on the government and the party. For 10 long years, for two successive terms of government, till the 2014 Parliamentary elections, she would remain as a ‘super’ prime minister and an extra-constitutional authority. That was the height of power and authority any person could ever wish for.
She had set a precedent that would be hard to follow for any Indian leader or even elsewhere in any democratic country in the world.
Best Performance In Lok Sabha
As leader of the opposition, she moved a no-confidence motion against the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in August 2003. It signified that she had learnt from her mistakes and had matured as a leader, who understood the importance of pre-poll alliances. Five years prior, in April 1999, after the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government fell by one vote on the floor of the Lok Sabha, Sonia staked claim to form the government and said famously in accented English: “We have (the support of) 272 and many more (are) coming”. She, however, could not gather the support of 272 and the country went for fresh elections only to see the return of the Vajpayee government.
During her speech on August 18, she dismissed the NDA’s projected growth rate of 8% as “Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (Mungerilal’s Sweet Dreams).”
Though Rahul had virtually taken over the Congress as its de facto head, it was under Sonia’s leadership that the party registered its worst ever electoral performance bagging just 44 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
She also faced criticism for delaying the process of restructuring of the Congress organisation, a highly centralised leader-driven party, due to her indecisiveness.