Senior leaders feel that the JPCC in-charge has been committing the same kind of mistake for which the BJP has already paid a heavy price in the State elections. They say that there can’t be a bigger fallacy than discrediting Subodh Kant Sahay for the victory. The senior leader has played a crucial role in reviving the State Congress unit and also in cementing the formidable alliance of Mahagathbandhan, they added.
Party insiders said CAA and NRC will serve as a trump card for the victory of the party and Sahay is the most apt person to lead it.
“Sahay was Minister of State for Home with independent charge in Prime Minister Chandrashekhar’s government 28 years ago. Those times were extremely turbulent. Panjab terrorism was at its peak; in Assam ULFA activities in Northeast India were disturbingly big; Turmoil in Jammu & Kashmir ; Mandal Commission disturbance; LK Advani’s Rath Yatra on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue had posed a challenging situation all over. The young Minister managed the situation carefully, resolved critical issues and did not let the matters go out of hand,” said a leader requesting anonymity.
“Right now, it would be a wise decision for the Congress leadership to devise a strategy and capitalise on CAA-NRC-NPR. This is an excellent opportunity to confront the Modi Government and embarrass it to the hilt. Those who are familiar with the student movement and the background of Sahay know how he spearheaded the strike. This is the right time for the Congress to work unitedly. Congress central leadership should take the benefit of the long 45 years of experience of Sahay,” he said.
Party leaders said Sahay fought a long battle against the BJP government on land related issues which paved the way for a platform for likeminded parties to form a Mahagatbandhan.
“Under the leadership of Hemant Soren, alliance government has started working and will fulfill the dream of a developed and prosperous Jharkhand. Seeing the activity of the leaders who have come from outside it seems that their priority if not the development of Jharkhand but to win brownie points in front of central high command,” said another leader.