Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday said that the party will have to introspect the reasons behind the poor performance in the Assembly polls held in 2021 and take corrective measures. Gandhi said this in her opening remarks at the Congress Working Committee meeting.
Of late, Congress has become synonymous with electoral defeats and the party is consistently performing badly in elections. In fact, the party drew a blank in West Bengal in the Assembly polls, a state where it had a significant standing in electoral politics.
It failed to win back power in Kerala and Assam, besides losing Puducherry. The party only came to power with the help of its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu.
The meeting of the top Congress body has been convened to deliberate and introspect on the party’s poor performance in the just-concluded assembly elections.
What Sonia Gandhi said
Addressing a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Gandhi added she intends to set up a small group to “look at every aspect that caused the defeat”. She said, “We have to take note of our serious setbacks. To say that we are deeply disappointed is to make an understatement. I intend to set up a small group to look at every aspect that caused such reverses and report back very quickly.”
Gandhi said the party needs to candidly understand “why in Kerala and Assam we failed to dislodge the incumbent governments, and why in West Bengal we drew a complete blank”.
“These will yield uncomfortable lessons, but if we do not face up to the reality, if we do not look the facts in the face, we will not draw the right lessons,” she noted.
New Congress president
Sonia Gandhi also said that the schedule to elect the new Congress president would also be discussed at the meeting. She also hit out at the Modi government over the handling of the pandemic situation.
“The situation has become even more catastrophic. Governance failures have become even starker. Scientific advice has been wilfully ignored and the country is paying a horrendous price for the Modi government’s neglect of the pandemic, indeed its wilful patronage of super-spreader events that were allowed for partisan gains,” she said.
Notably, the COVID-19 situation in the country has taken an ugly turn, with the second wave wreaking havoc across the country. The queues outside hospitals and crematoriums are getting longer and there have been several reports of the state governments manipulating data regarding deaths.
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