The congressional panel submits a report to Sonia Gandhi on recent losses in parliamentary elections
The five-member panel formed by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi submitted its report on Tuesday assessing the party’s reasons for suffering a stinging defeat in the recently concluded parliamentary elections.
The panel, led by former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, presented a number of recommendations and suggestions to strengthen the party.
A full report examining the party’s performance in Kerala, Assam and Pondicherry has been submitted, while the report for West Bengal is being drafted.
“We have submitted our report on the survey losses in Assam, Pondicherry and Kerala and have given our suggestions and recommendations,” Chavan told PTI.
Besides Chavan, the panel includes senior leader Salman Khurshid Congress, Manish Tewari, Vincent H Pala and Jothi Mani.
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Congress had set up the five-member panel to assess the party’s performance in assembly polls in Kerala, Assam, West Bengal and Pondicherry.
In his first reaction to the performance of the party in the parliamentary elections, Gandhi had said the results were disappointing and unexpected.
At the Congressional Working Committee (CWC) meeting last month, she announced that the group would review all aspects of the recent electoral setbacks and come back with their findings.
“These will give uncomfortable lessons, but if we don’t face reality, if we don’t face the facts, we won’t learn the right lessons,” Gandhi said.
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Congress failed to win a single seat in West Bengal, while its performance was insufficient in Kerala and Assam, where it failed to capitalize on anti-nomination sentiments against the Left Democratic Front ( LDF) in power and the BJP respectively. The performance of the party in Pondicherry was also below average.
The LDF and BJP retained power in Kerala and Assam respectively, while the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee defeated pollsters to form the new government of West Bengal for the third consecutive term.
(With PTI inputs)