Congress to take stock after poll funeral in UP

Introspection time: Rahul Gandhi

Introspection time: Rahul Gandhi

For Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, it is a time to take stock of the party's disastrous performance in the Uttar Pradesh polls. The responsibility for the debacle has been laid at his door.

The Gandhi scion has convened a meeting of 28 elected MLAs and 153 of those who lost the assembly election but polled more than 20,000 votes to analyse the party's performance.

The two-day meeting, to be held in New Delhi on Thursday and Friday, will be the first one after the state poll debacle.

It is expected that Rahul may take some harsh decisions with regard to those leaders on whose recommendations the losers had managed to get tickets.

Sources said the party's central leadership is of the view that general secretary in-charge of UP Digvijaya Singh, Union steel minister Beni Prasad Verma and Congress legislative party leader Pramod Tiwari failed in their choice of candidates.

'After every poll, Rahul holds a meeting to analyse the results. But this time responsibility would be fixed and at least half a dozen senior members of the party would lose their assignments,' a leader of UP Congress Committee said.


Rita Bahuguna Joshi, the UPCC chief who has sent her resignation to Sonia Gandhi taking moral responsibility for the loss, said: 'Analysis of poll results is a must and responsibility should be fixed.

'But we also have to look forward and see what can be done to improve our tally in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.'

In Delhi, a campaign has begun at the AICC headquarters to vest more organisational powers in Rahul. While J&K PCC chief Saifuddin Soz has proposed Rahul be made vice-president of the party, others are of the view he should be made general secretary in charge of organisation.


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