The 2019 general elections saw the Congress Party reduced to 52 seats in the Lok Sabha. Since then Rahul Gandi has quit has the party chief and this forced Sonia Gandhi to become the interim president of the party.
In an exclusive interaction with Network 18's Bhupendra Chaubey, renowned economist, Jagdish Bhagwati, has said that the Congress party needs to shrug dynastic politics rejuvenate itself. The professor of economics and law at Columbia University is notable for his research in international trade and for his advocacy of free trade.
When asked if the Congress party can bounce back, Bhagwati said, “As long as there is a dynasty, how can they? You have to have new fresh blood coming in. This is the problem with the Congress party. I have nothing against Indira Gandhi and her son but as long as they are there, nobody can come up in the system at all. If young blood is not there, how can you rejuvenate yourself? People like us in the middle and upper middle class cannot take this because dynasties anywhere don’t appeal to people. People want free entry.”