In beautiful Mysore, the Congress builds an ugly cowshed Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed to visit

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Fact 1: The Indian National Congress is 132 years old. It has been in power for much of India’s post-independent history.

Fact 2: The Indian National Congress is not short of cash. If you believe the BJP, it has made mountains of it in 70 years.

Fact 3: The Indian National Congress leadership has a cultivated image of being suave, sophisticated, urbane, with a touch of class.

Yet, this is the third-rate cowshed that a party with pedigree has managed to build in magnificent Mysore for its headquarters.

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In a touch of pure genius, it is called the Indira Gandhi Congress Bhavan.

Of course.

It is one large hall, with metal sheets for a roof, and nothing more.

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The toilets at the rear are a slap on ‘Swachh Bharat’.

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Admittedly, the Congress HQ in Mysore was built in a matter of days after it got hold of the “disputed site” near the city railway station.

And admittedly, a party headquarters by its very nature has to be a functional, janata structure which does not dazzle voters and visitors.

Maybe, hopefully, a proper structure will come up, by and by.

Still, it boggles the mind to think that this ramshackle eyesore is all a century-old party could muster even for the short term.

Or that its leadership is so devoid of taste.

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The shame of it all is that this Congress headquarters lies smack-bang next to some exquisite buildings.

The railway divisional headquarters in front of it.

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The railway station to its left.

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And the Metropole Hotel to its right.

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Power is the only objective India’s political parties chase. About time they worked at something more abstract: aesthetics.

Maybe Rahul Gandhi will impart that brief but important lesson when he comes visiting during the election campaign.

If he doesn’t, somebody should remind him.