The fear of Karnataka Congress going the Goa way looms large for leaders and supporters alike. All is not well in Karnataka's Congress unit, and frequent visits of state leaders to Delhi is proof of the same. "The Congress in the state is reaching a breaking point over leadership concerns and if immediate action is not taken, expect the scenario to be worse than Goa," said an office bearer of the All India Congress Committee.
Cadres are unimpressed, to say the least, with Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh's handling of the crisis in the Karnataka unit as it prepares for assembly elections in 2018. Digvijaya, who is in-charge of Karnataka lacks connect with regional party affairs, alleges another office bearer. "There is a definite disconnect. The senior leadership doesn't realise that things are not favourable for the Congress and the party needs to act to made amends starting from leadership. Digvijaya's handling of the party in Karnataka is worse than it was in Goa," he added.
The primary concern of the party is that the senior leadership fails to recognise issues when they burn a hole in the party's prospects and indulge in firefighting after it is too late. "We are sick and tired of the way the party is functioning. We have put forth our conditions including change of guard and if the same are not met, we will be forced to quit the party," said an office bearer speaking to OneIndia.
The BJP's win in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the Congress' handling of the situation in Goa and Manipur have had its effects on the cadres in Karnataka who now fear that if amends are not made, Karnataka is sure to go the Goa way.