Catharsis in Congress

Never has the Congress party been the so casual and at times, even clumsy in understanding the exact  reasons for defeat in State Assembly elections as seen during the last two years. The Lok Sabha 2009 victory made the party so smug that even a minion in AICC started taking things for granted and status quo syndrome ruled the roost. Those who were close to the leadership remained ensconced into cozy confines and in their own mandarin jobs while the party suffered terribly.

The first shock came from Bihar in the 2010 Assembly polls where the party won just 4 seats out of the total of 243, the worst ever defeat of the party in state elections since independence. Yet no responsibility was fixed and no changes effected. The then BPCC President Mehboob Ali Kaiser resigned from his post owing ‘moral responsibility’ for the rout but no one knows for sure even today if his resignation was accepted by the party high command. The party in Bihar along with BPCC continues to remain in suspended animation and even the fervent pleas to stem the rot and repeated representations by the well-wishers of the party have gone on deaf ears.

It is obvious that Bihar would not be given its due importance and dealt with ‘urgency’ for a variety of reasons and with UP debacle blowing the veneer of invincibility of the Gandhis’ as seen in disastrous results from Amethi, Raibareilly, Sultanpur and Pratapgarh have thrown Bihar into the background further.

Rahul Gandhi conducted the postmortem on the poll debacle and the same set of rituals was conducted. Yet nothing tangible came out of the two day meet as local chieftains continued to indulge in their favourite pastime—blaming each other for the defeat.

Then came the A K Antony Committee to have the second postmortem. The three member committee comprising of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and of course its Chairman Antony are working hard to find out the reasons for the defeat of the party in UP,  Punjab and Goa apart from an ear-miss in Uttarakhand.

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