Sanjay Jha, a former national spokesperson of the Congress and the author of the best-selling book ‘The Great Unravelling - India after 2014’, took to asynchronous social audio platform Swell to share how the party is resolving the rising challenges. Sanjay answers multiple questions like the need of the hour for Congress, the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Pradyot Manikya and others hurting the party among others.
Sanjay spoke at length on how Prashant’s entry would have been an extremely beneficial move for the "grand old party", especially with fresh ideas. Criticizing how old fashion and archaic the party has become, Sanjay thinks that Prashant would have gotten the energy, and the hunger and would’ve provided the direction that the party needs. It would’ve given the party a will to win and which he thinks will be a remarkable transformation.
Speaking on suggestions that will help the party, Sanjay shared that the most practical step would be to make their funding transparent. “The party must ensure that all the corporate funding, etcetera, is put up under the RTI. This will help Congress attack the BJP, and allow them to ask questions like who is giving them the money for electoral bonds,” he said. Sanjay thinks that focusing on a limited number of seats and making alliances with other parties will help the party soar.
As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, Sanjay believes that he has his intellectual convictions. In Sanjay’s opinion, he is a true-blue ambassador of an India that will be tolerant, compassionate and humane. Commenting on Rahul’s leadership, Sanjay said that “He has slipped in his ability to take on the BJP by inspiring the cadres of the Congress, by showing a willingness to take bold risks.” He thinks that Rahul's judgment of people is something that has affected his leadership in a great number of ways that hurt the Congress party.
Sanjay strongly feels that Priyanka Gandhi and Sachin Pilot can defeat the Narendra Modi – Amit Shah duo. Priyanka will satisfy a lot of the loyalists or those who don't want a non-Gandhi face, while Sachin, who's aggressive, hardworking, ambitious and clearly can attract a lot of those people who today have begun to ignore the Congress or have become indifferent to it because they believe it's becoming too much of a private fiefdom of the Gandhi dynasty. He thinks this is a good time to try a twin ticket, a Sachin Pilot, Priyanka Gandhi ticket.