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India's Congress party needs to get rid of Gandhis to save itself

Young leaders are leaving as dynasty members get undeserved promotions

| India
Rahul Gandhi addresses the crowd during a public gathering ahead of Delhi assembly elections at Kondli on Feb. 5: the Gandhis have been running the Congress Party like a family business.   © Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Ritesh Kumar Singh is chief economist of Indonomics Consulting and a former assistant director of the Finance Commission of India.

When Jyotiraditya Scindia, an influential young leader, abandoned India's Congress Party in March, it signaled a crisis in the "grand old party." The Gandhi family who have been at its helm for years are fast becoming a burden, and party workers are demotivated. There are rumors that another popular young leader, Sachin Pilot, might dump Congress too.

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