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P Chidambaram says Congress has no organisational presence on ground

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The infighting within the Congress is aggravating with each passing day. After Kapil Sibal, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram too has expressed his concern about the party’s functioning and its disastrous performance in Bihar election, as well as the Assembly bypolls in other states.

P Chidambaram has said that the results of Bihar election and Assembly bypolls show that Congress has no organisational presence on the ground or has weakened considerably. Chidambaram, in an interview with a newspaper, said that the Congress has contested more seats in Bihar than it should have.

Failure of Congress in Bihar needs comprehensive review

P Chidambaram said: “I am more worried about the by-poll results in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. These results show that the party either has no organisational presence on the ground or has been weakened considerably.”

Notably, Congress had gone to the polls with strong issues in hands such as the coronavirus crisis and economic turmoil in the country.

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Chidambaram said, “In Bihar, the RJD-Congress had a chance of winning. Why we lost despite being so close to victory is something that needs a comprehensive review. Remember, not long ago the Congress had won Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.”

Congress should have contested on lesser seats in Bihar, says P Chidambaram

The senior Congress leader said the Bihar results had proved that even smaller parties like CPI-ML and AIMIM can perform if they are organisationally strong at the grassroots level.

He added, “The opposition alliance can get as many votes as the BJP-led coalition but to beat them, we have to strengthen our organisation at the ground level.”

On Congress being judged the weakest link in the Tejashwi Yadav-led opposition Mahagathbandhan, the veteran leader conceded: “I feel the Congress contested more seats than its organisational strength. The Congress was given 25 seats where the BJP or its allies had been winning for 20 years. The Congress should have refused to contest from these seats. The party should have fielded only 45 candidates.”

Notably, Kapil Sibal’s open criticism of the party has not gone down well with many Congress leaders who support the Gandhi regime in the party.

 

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