2021 Meeting Elections, Congress: Very Disappointing… Unexpectedly So

The Congress is scheduled to have presidential elections in June (File)


  • CWC would meet quickly to assessment the outcomes: Sonia Gandhi
  • The Congress struggled to enchantment to voters within the Meeting elections
  • Mrs Gandhi additionally ripped into the centre over its dealing with of Covid disaster

New Delhi:

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday described the social gathering’s efficiency in final month’s Meeting elections as “very disappointing” and added that it was “unexpectedly so”.

Mrs Gandhi stated the CWC (Congress Working Committee) – the social gathering’s highest decision-making physique – would meet quickly to assessment the outcomes. “… nevertheless it goes with out saying that we, as a celebration collective, should draw acceptable classes from this setback in a spirit of humility,” she stated.

“Sadly, our personal efficiency in all of the states was very disappointing and if I could say, unexpectedly so. The CWC is assembly shortly to assessment outcomes…” she stated at a digital meet of the Congress Parliamentary Get together, as she congratulated Mamata Banerjee and MK Stalin for his or her wins.

The Congress struggled to enchantment to voters on this spherical of Meeting elections.

In Bengal, the place the social gathering joined palms with the Left, it was shut out and the alliance was decimated. In contrast the Trinamool swept to victory with 213 seats to the BJP’s 77.

In Assam – extensively seen as a Congress stronghold till it was breached in 2016 – the social gathering did marginally higher, successful 29 of 95 seats it contested. However the opposition alliance didn’t problem the BJP, successful simply 50 seats to the ruling social gathering’s 75.

In Kerala, the Congress at the least held its floor, shedding only one seat from 2016 to complete with 41. The Left entrance, nevertheless, registered a commanding win by claiming 99 seats. The BJP received zero seats.

In Tamil Nadu, the social gathering was a part of the successful DMK-led alliance and carried out comparatively higher, successful 18 of 25 allotted seats. It, nevertheless, didn’t return to energy in Puducherry – the place its authorities crashed days earlier than polling – after the NR Congress-BJP pairing received 16 of 30 seats.

These outcomes come after a poor efficiency in Bihar, the place elections had been held in October-November. The social gathering allied with the Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD, however received simply 19 of 70 seats it contested and the alliance completed simply 15 seats wanting overthrowing the BJP-JDU authorities.

Over the previous 12 months a number of senior Congress leaders have known as for introspection over persevering with poor performances in elections, together with veterans like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Kapil Sibal.

In August, 23 of them wrote to Mrs Gandhi to name for “full time” and visual” management to take the social gathering ahead, triggering a row that break up the social gathering down the center.

In January, the social gathering, after controversial (and public) spats between senior leaders, stated a new Congress chief can be elected in June, after the 2021 state elections had been accomplished.

At at the moment’s assembly, Mrs Gandhi additionally ripped into the centre over its dealing with of the Covid pandemic.

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