Delay In Seat-Sharing Decision Hurt Mahagathbandhan In Bihar: Congress Leader Tariq Anwar

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Delay In Seat-Sharing Decision Hurt Mahagathbandhan In Bihar: Congress

Congress chief Tariq Anwar mentioned the celebration should full alliance formalities nicely prematurely. (File)

New Delhi:

Delay in finalising seat sharing for the Bihar election adversely impacted the Mahagathbandhan’s ballot efficiency, senior Congress chief Tariq Anwar mentioned as we speak, asserting that the Congress should study from it and full alliance formalities nicely prematurely for upcoming meeting polls.

Mr Anwar, celebration’s normal secretary and a veteran chief from Bihar, acknowledged that there have been shortcomings resulting from which the Congress carried out worse than different “Mahagathbandhan” constituents and asserted that the excessive command was critical about an introspection in addition to an intensive evaluation of the outcomes.

Mr Anwar mentioned the Bihar ballot outcomes have been “undoubtedly beneath” the Congress’ expectations and it was a setback to bag solely 19 out of the 70 seats it contested.

“There was an surroundings of change with enthusiasm among the many widespread folks for it, however we couldn’t exploit that. We had the expectation that with the Congress preventing on 70 seats, it will win at the very least 50 per cent of the seats,” the previous Union minister mentioned.

“Our authorities was not shaped and we (the Congress) even have a accountability in that. Going ahead, our efforts can be geared toward strengthening the Congress and the Mahagathbandhan and we are going to make a technique for it,” he mentioned.

His remarks assume significance as a number of ballot analysts have acknowledged that the Congress dragged the Mahagathbandhan down because it fell wanting the bulk mark, with the NDA beneath Nitish Kumar’s management rising victorious within the polls by a slim margin.

Mr Anwar, who was a member of the celebration’s election administration committee, mentioned there must be an introspection and “we now have additionally demanded that it ought to occur”.

He mentioned the excessive command was prepared for an introspection and burdened the highest management had given all potential assist throughout the polls with former celebration chief Rahul Gandhi additionally holding many public conferences within the state.

“However there have been shortcomings on our half in any other case we must always have received 35-40 seats. So whether or not there have been shortcomings in organisation or marketing campaign, all of that can be mentioned and analysed and it is going to be ascertained why the Congress” efficiency was not at par with different Mahagathbandhan companions,” he mentioned.

Mr Anwar mentioned the explanations for the beneath par exhibiting can’t be ascertained instantly, however what was necessary was to determine the errors dedicated and make sure that they aren’t repeated within the Meeting elections in 4 states and one Union Territory within the coming months.

“We wish that discussions be held with these concerned on this election, our candidates and District Congress Committees in Bihar and solely then we will attain a conclusion,” the 69-year-old chief, who has received Lok Sabha polls a number of instances from Bihar’s Katihar, mentioned.

The excessive command is certainly involved over the Bihar outcomes, he asserted.

Requested if delay in firming up the Mahagathbandhan alliance and the seat sharing association damage the ballot efficiency of the Opposition coalition, Mr Anwar mentioned, “Sure, I keep in mind that Rahul ji had mentioned in July itself that we must always end the method of firming up of the alliance and different formalities.”

“Regardless of the motive, that didn’t occur and you’re proper that there was loads of delay in finalising the alliance and it was sealed when the election was very close to,” he mentioned.


If the formalities had been accomplished earlier, then possibly the Mahagathbandhan would have gotten the benefit within the election marketing campaign, Mr Anwar mentioned.

Alliance contradictions want a while to be ironed out and we didn’t get that point, he mentioned.

On rumblings within the Congress over ticket distribution, Mr Anwar mentioned the celebration is assessing what shortcomings have been there.

The excessive command is prepared for introspection, however there are Diwali and Chhat festivals, after which senior observers of the celebration could also be despatched to the state for an intensive evaluation.

He mentioned the Congress must study rapidly from its errors as elections are due in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry subsequent yr for which the celebration must be battle-ready.

“We must be prepared beforehand and I agree that if we now have to go for alliances then the formalities of these alliances must be accomplished as quickly as potential,” he mentioned.

Anwar rejected the assertion that the Congress had acquired extra seats than its capability to combat and mentioned the celebration had the energy to contest on 70 seats.

On All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) denting the Mahagathbandhan, Anwar mentioned if any political celebration desires to contest “we can not cease them”, however there’s a “widespread understanding” that AIMIM”s function is in a approach to assist the BJP.

“If we’d have moved to guard our standing in Seemanchal and carried out our celebration’s actions early, then AIMIM wouldn’t have succeeded there. With the approaching of AIMIM actually the secular events have been hit and if we have a look at it they’ve received 5 seats however would have broken the Mahagathbandhan on 15 seats,” Mr Anwar mentioned.

Requested if lack of readability over celebration presidency was hurting Congress, Anwar mentioned the celebration’s election panel beneath Madhusudan Mistry has already began the method for getting a full-time president.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, an AICC session couldn’t be known as, however as soon as the state of affairs stabilises the method can be accomplished subsequent yr, he mentioned.

RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan received 110 seats, 12 lower than the magic determine of 122 within the 243-member Bihar Meeting. The NDA received 125 seats.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)


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