New Delhi: Round a dozen candidates perceived as outsiders to the get together got tickets by the Congress within the just-concluded meeting elections in Bihar, a transfer that angered loyalists who refused to marketing campaign within the polls, individuals conscious of the matter mentioned.
And all of those “outsider” candidates did not win their elections, bringing the Congress’s tally right down to 19 and, within the course of, denting the Opposition Grand Alliance’s (GA) probabilities of ousting the ruling Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) from energy. The get together fought on 70 seats, that means that it’s strike fee of 27% was the worst amongst main events within the state.
Other than sidelining of the state management, alternative of seats, poor choice of candidates, weak organisational construction, delayed seat-sharing deal, unimpressive marketing campaign and lack of coordination with alliance companions have been recognized as key causes for the Congress get together’s poor present within the elections.
Reacting to the ballot consequence, former finance minister P Chidambaram informed reporters on Thursday that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will assessment the state of affairs and give you an official assertion on the elections.
“We settle for the decision and are disillusioned with our efficiency. However please keep in mind Bihar is poorest state of India. Mr Narendra Modi has been Prime Minister since 2014 and Mr Nitish Kumar has been the chief minister since 2005, but Bihar is the poorest state of India,” he mentioned.
However the issues manifested themselves a number of weeks in the past.
Quickly after the Congress launched its first checklist of candidates on October 15, vociferous protests erupted throughout Bihar with get together employees alleging irregularities in ticket distribution. “Tickets had been additionally given to tainted and incompetent candidates,” a Congress functionary mentioned, asking to not be named.
The protests led to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi stepping in and forming totally different panels to supervise the get together’s ballot technique.
The central groups took full management of the election administration from the state unit and even devised the get together’s marketing campaign technique. This transfer infuriated native leaders they usually took the again seat, hampering the get together’s election preparations and campaigning.
Congress chief Kesar Singh mentioned the get together excessive command ought to take disciplinary motion in opposition to those that pushed for the choice of outsiders. He additionally mentioned no state committee was shaped after then Bihar Congress chief Ashok Chaudhary left the get together to hitch the Janata Dal (United) in 2017.
“The Congress management ought to activate the state unit and make it combating match for the subsequent elections,” added Singh.
The get together’s Bihar in-charge is Shaktisinh Gohil.
A second Congress functionary mentioned on situation of anonymity that the get together insisted on “amount” reasonably than “high quality” of seats in its negotiations with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
He mentioned the RJD had initially supplied round 50 seats to the Congress after conducting a survey in all of the 243 constituencies and weighing its strengths and weaknesses.
However Congress leaders insisted on 100 seats, and even threatened to stroll out of the GA. Lastly, Congress president Sonia Gandhi needed to intervene and conveyed to the RJD management that her get together wouldn’t accept lower than 70 seats.
The RJD conceded to the demand and gave the Congress 70 seats. Whereas the RJD determined to battle on 144 seats, it gave the three Left events 29 seats. The RJD was the single-largest get together within the state with 75 seats, and the three Left events carried out remarkably properly, successful 16 seats.
Congress leaders contented they got powerful seats and misplaced a majority of these to the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP). An evaluation of the contents, nonetheless, means that the get together additionally misplaced a considerable variety of contests to the JD(U) and smalled events.
Senior Congress chief and former MP Tariq Anwar admitted that his get together emerged because the “weakest hyperlink” within the Mahagathbandhan.
Of the 51 seats the Congress misplaced, BJP gained 29, JD(U) 17, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) of Asaduddin Owaisi and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi two every, and the Bahujan Samaj Celebration (BSP) one.
Patna-based political analyst Professor Ajay Kumar Jha mentioned good candidates will not be drawn to the Congress due to its weak organisational construction. “Congress lacks credible candidates and that’s the reason it seems to be for outsiders,” he mentioned.