Congress said on Sunday that it would “diligently” study the results of the Assembly polls and make a course correction, following the party’s defeat in all states except Tamil Nadu, where it was part of the winning alliance.
While former Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar said the results were an SOS ahead of the 2024 elections in Lok Sabha and called for the continuation of the “unifying” leadership of party chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prominent leaders who are part of the 23 dissident group or G-23 in Congress have chosen not to express their views on their party’s performance.
The party is due to elect a new party leader by June and the latest setback is sure to reignite the internal congressional debate on leadership and organizational restructuring that the G-23 demanded in a letter to Ms Gandhi in August. from last year.
A few G-23 leaders told this reporter the results were a “ justification ” for the organizational and strategic shortcomings they had pointed out, but it was inappropriate to raise these concerns publicly at a time when India was going through its process. worst public health crisis in recent history. .
Former party leader Rahul Gandhi, while congratulating Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee and DMK MP Stalin, tweeted: “We humbly accept the mandate of the people. Sincere thanks to our workers and to the millions of people who have supported us on the ground. We will continue to fight for our values and ideals. “
The loss of Congress is particularly significant in Kerala, a state of which Mr. Gandhi is a member of Lok Sabha and in Assam, once a stronghold, where the alliance with Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had been intensely debated. within the party. .
“The Congress Party will undoubtedly study the results and all the reasons diligently and we are committed to correcting our mistakes and making the appropriate course corrections. The people’s mandate is the last word in democracy … We recognize that the election results are not in line with our expectations, especially those of Assam and Kerala ”, said Chief Spokesman Randeep Surjewala to journalists.
“We will respect our commitment of responsible opposition in the states of Assam and Kerala to raise the issues of citizens, inside and outside the Assembly,” he added.
The complete decimation of the party in Bengal will also be debated since the leader of the G-23, Anand Sharma, had opposed the party’s alliance with the Indian Secular Front, founded by Furfura cleric Sharief Abbas Siddiqui, and had supported that it went against the ideology of Congress.
Congratulating Ms Banerjee on her victory in Bengal, Mr Sharma tweeted: “This victory is a victory against the BJP’s misuse of state power, unprecedented financial and muscular power and an overtly partisan electoral commission. (This is) a triumph for Indian constitutional democracy. The BJP has violated all COVID protocols and put millions of Indians at risk. “