Bihar Election Results Revive Dissent In Congress, Questions Raised About Gandhis

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Bihar Results Revive Dissent In Congress, Questions Raised About Gandhis

The one senior get together chief who campaigned in Bihar was Rahul Gandhi (File)

New Delhi:

The dismal efficiency of the Congress within the Bihar meeting elections has set off one more wave dissent inside the grand previous get together, which barely managed to maintain itself collectively after a storm of protest 4 months in the past threatened to tear it aside.

Senior leaders who’re a part of the dissenters’ group, mentioned, “The Congress’s efficiency is being seen as what dragged the Grand Alliance with Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Left events all the way down to the bottom”.

The Congress received solely in 19 of the 70 seats it contested — an enormous distinction to the 75 of the 144 seats received by the RJD. Even the marginalized CPI-ML, which was a part of the alliance, received 12 of the 19 seats it contested, pushing Congress to the underside of the checklist by way of strike price.

Formally, leaders liable for dealing with the Bihar elections attributed it to “dangerous ticket distribution, the AIMIM issue and polarization of votes within the third and last section of voting”.

Others identified that the Congress was given 13 seats it by no means contested and that its efficiency was a lot better within the first two phases of voting, earlier than the polarization began. “The Congress additionally contested in 26 seats which have by no means been received by any alliance companion for the final three many years,” they mentioned.

The dissenters, nonetheless, blame the poor efficiency on mismanagement.

“We had been saved out of the marketing campaign and the stories we’re getting from our Bihar leaders is that an entire bunch of incompetent personnel had been despatched from New Delhi to handle affairs, sidelining the leaders within the Bihar Congress,” a bit of the dissenters maintained.

One other group of dissenters maintain that the Bihar election should not be seen in isolation and it’s a part of the sample of elections in different states, together with the by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.

The one senior get together chief who campaigned in Bihar was Rahul Gandhi and his stance was based mostly solely on private assaults in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which many leaders mentioned proved counter-productive in earlier elections.

This was not like Tejashwi Yadav, who had carried out an issue-based marketing campaign, specializing in jobs and corruption, which, whereas not propelling the alliance to victory, had paid off to an extent. His get together has emerged once more as the only largest get together within the election, although it misplaced 5 seats in comparison with 2015.

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All of this has prompted an inside questioning about Mr Gandhi’s competence. In non-public, a bit of leaders have attacked the Gandhi siblings for his or her failure to guide from the entrance. They’ve additionally repeatedly underscored the necessity for a full-term president who can construct a brand new narrative and assist the get together resurrect itself.

Presently the highest publish is being held by Sonia Gandhi who has made it clear that it was an interim measure. However even after August insurrection by greater than 20 senior get together leaders and her assurance to them {that a} new chief will probably be chosen, the method goes sluggish.

The method for inside elections have began and with elections due, dissenters in addition to loyalists inside the Congress have realized that one thing drastic must be executed if the get together has to stay related and tackle the NDA led by PM Modi.

Letters difficult the Gandhi household’s management began coming after the get together months after dropping energy in Madhya Pradesh, nearly noticed a reply of the state of affairs in Rajasthan and solely narrowly retained its authorities.

Forward of a gathering of the get together’s Working Committee in August, a bit of leaders, who included get together veterans Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma, had pointed to the “uncertainty” and “drift” within the get together and known as for an “trustworthy introspection”.

The letter known as for a “full-time”, “efficient management” that will probably be “seen” and “energetic” within the discipline – reflecting the criticism from a bit concerning the management of the Gandhi household.

A second letter got here after 9 Congress leaders had been expelled in Uttar Pradesh.

High Congress sources mentioned the Bihar outcomes will additional delay the much-anticipated return of Rahul Gandhi because the get together chief. Mr Gandhi, who stepped down from the highest publish after the get together’s disastrous efficiency in final yr’s Lok Sabha elections, has been adamant in ruling out a comeback.

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