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Congress worried about performance in Maharashtra

After bypoll, civic elections results, leaders say party needs to intensify efforts

Even as Maharashtra Congress basks in the glory of the party’s victories in three States, the central leadership has made its displeasure clear to State leaders as the party has not improved its performance in the bypolls or local body polls.

“This is worrying for the State unit. Maharashtra is an extremely important State considering 2019 Lok Sabha polls but no data available with us suggests that we will improve our performance in the general elections,” said an All India Congress Committee (AICC) member. He said that deliberations at central-level are being held to identify reasons behind the party not gaining the desired momentum.

Be it Lok Sabha by-poll in Palghar few months ago or civic polls in Dhule and Ahmednagar held last week, Congress’ performance was unimpressive. It ended up number four in Palghar while it could not even touch double digits in both local body elections. During seat sharing talks with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the party is constantly seen to be on the defensive, with NCP dictating terms. While NCP’s process of selecting candidates has begun, Congress cadre is not yet clear on which seats the party will contest.

The Hindu spoke to over half-a-dozen Congress leaders in Maharashtra, who while accepting the problem said that the party needs to turn more aggressive and hit the streets.

The party’s State unit has organised division-wise ‘Jan Sangharsh yatras’ across the State in a bid to energise party workers. “We cannot depend on what is happening outside the State. Maharashtra Congress has a legendary past and we need to show the rest of the country the way forward. The victories in the three states is difficult to replicate here, unless party organisation starts working with more intensity,” said a senior leader.

Ashish Dua, AICC’s Maharashtra secretary in-charge said, “The State unit has to take advantage of the momentum from the wins in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The gains will not be coming on the laurels of other States but by the ground work by the State unit.It has to be geared for micromanagement and mobilise dissatisfaction against BJP-Shiv Sena especially in urban areas.”

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