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Updated: March 7, 2012 12:12 IST

Sonia meets general secretaries to discuss poll results

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Congress chief Sonia Gandhi met party general secretaries and office-bearers at the AICC headquarters and later discussed the poll results with general secretaries in-charge of the five states. File photo
The Hindu Congress chief Sonia Gandhi met party general secretaries and office-bearers at the AICC headquarters and later discussed the poll results with general secretaries in-charge of the five states. File photo

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday held a meeting of party general secretaries and office bearers to discuss the outcome of the Assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, and the reasons behind it.

Ms. Gandhi met party general secretaries and office-bearers at the All Indian Congress Committee headquarters here and later discussed the poll results with general secretaries in-charge of the five states.

General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who had campaigned extensively for the party in Uttar Pradesh, kept away from the meeting.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, in-charge of UP; Chaudhary Birendra Singh, in-charge of Uttarakhand; Gulchain Singh Charak, in-charge of Punjab; Jagmeet Singh Brar, in-charge of Goa; and Luizinho Faleiro, in-charge of Manipur, were present in the meeting with Gandhi.

Congress was hopeful of wresting Punjab from the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP but put up a dismal performance. In Uttar Pradesh also the party could improve its tally by only six seats from 22 in 2007 to 28 this time.

Congress had virtually made UP a prestige issue and Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh had made all efforts to improve the tally. However, Samajwadi Party swept the polls with an unprecedented 224 seats in its kitty.

Rahul Gandhi had on Tuesday accepted responsibility for the party’s dismal performance in UP.

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This is a time for Congress to take deep breath and do some analysis
of factors that affected the recent outcomes of state election. Some
of them are beyond Congress control. Some relates to its own making. Inept handling of Anna and subsequent image of Congress among common
people have been certainly its failure. Congress really need to learn
its lesson and be sensitive to nonpolitical respected social veterans.
It had made similar mistake earlier with Jai Prakash Narayan and gave chance to other opposition parties to unite on one issue and create
unfavorable environment for congress.
Noting is wrong with Rahul. People still like him. He needs to be humble and focus on his organizational improvement activities. He
needs to go back to grass root and continue developing people to
contact in UP. Getting associated with competent people and selection
of good candidates are two key factors that will bring success again.
P

from:  Prakash Ghimire
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 17:45 IST

Why no none is talking about the possibility of "Anna effect". Sychophants like Diggy and Renuka Chaudary must realize that the voters cannot be fooled all the time. The scandals that have rocked the UPA has put our country 50 behind in the global map of development. The common man is tired of being manipulated. Anti-incumbancy is the mantra. Remember they did not want Abdul Kalam for a second term. It is this same yardstick all of us have to use to vote out our representatives when they do not deliver. We no longer vote on party lines but based on the merit of the candidate.

from:  Benhur
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 17:53 IST

Congress leaders have not learnt any lessons from Anna's campaign against corruption, which has sucked the aam aadmi dry. The High command cites inflation as one of the reasons for the party's pitiable and pathetic show. Inflation has been looming large for quite some years now. Did it require an election debacle to rouse Kumbhakarna? What a shame!

from:  P.S. ARUNACHALAM
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 17:50 IST

Madam do not waste your time discussing problem of poll debacle with
very people who were responsible for the disaster. Instead (1)try to
enact for a really effective autonomous anti corruption ombudsman.
(2)show your earnestness in bringing in enormous ill gotten wealth
stowed away at off shore tax heavens and (3)remove your lawyer spokes
persons who are arrogated without understanding issues affecting
common folks. These are the practical ways for possible redemption.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 16:30 IST

congress needs a shake up at the top level with sonia herself quitting
her job to hand over the party to a virtually non-entity who believes in
the ideals of the grand old party.
she and her son had been proved unequal to the task of leading the
party.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 15:30 IST

Whatever happens or not, whether Rahul realizes his follies or not,
it is better for Congress to accept Digvijay Singh's resignation and
let the loud mouth go. Especially now that he has offered to resign.
People like him make such offers probably only once in a lifetime.
The party leadership may have him for whatever hidden agenda, but he
is creating too much of a mess with all his "wise" comments and it
is the helpless nation that is paying the price. Persisting with
people like him will land Congress exactly in the same spot in the
next GE, where it was forced to land in this election cycle. In
other words the opposition will not need to beat Congress - people
like DVS will make the party lose. For sure.

from:  SNB Raj
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 13:06 IST
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