After Electoral Defeat, Congress Leaders Seek A Shake-Up In The Party

Edith Mcgee
March 19, 2017

"Congress has won in three states out of the five that went to polls which is indicator enough that Rahul Gandhi was successful in his mission", said Babbar while claiming that one leader can not be blamed for defeat in two elections.

Asked if he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no reason to worry as long as the Congress was led by Rahul Gandhi, Shah said, "We don't depend on our rivals' weakness". He didn't rule out the possibility of Priyanka Gandhi taking charge of the party by saying, "Congressmen throughout the country should be very happy if Priyanka Gandhi takes to active politics". "Bend like a willow to allow the storm to blow over rather than standing like an oak", Aiyar said.

Singh was also critical about party's loss in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. My complaint against Rahul Gandhi is that he is not acting decisively. BJP leader and former defence minister Parrikar had implied that the Congress failed to form the government in Goa as the party failed to decide on its chief minister and failed to conclude alliance discussions. It's not that Rahul needs us.

Three resignations and many voices of dissent demanding an overhaul in the creaking Congress machinery has prompted the leadership to ask for a report on all the dissenting comments made by the Congress leaders after the disastrous results of March 11.

A party leader talking to the daily said that for the first time a constituency-wise review will be held.

NCP said the Congress could make a start by discussing a possible tie-up with regional outfits immediately for the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat that are scheduled later this year.

Earlier, the seven new elected MLAs were greeted by senior leaders at the Congress state office.

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