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Assam Congress blames ‘negative’ media coverage, communal polarisation for LS poll debacle

The Congress, which had won seven of the state’s 14 Lok Sabha seats in 2009, could win only three this time. The Congress, which had won seven of the state’s 14 Lok Sabha seats in 2009, could win only three this time.
Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Posted: July 3, 2014 5:44 pm

Congresss leaders in Assam said that negative and biased coverage by a section of the media both at the national and state level was among the several reasons behind the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.

At a state-level discussion in the APCC headquarters in Guwahati on Thursday, district-level leaders also held dissidents responsible for the rout.

While district Congress presidents cited several reasons that had led to the party’s poor show in Assam, the APCC flagged ten of them – five each at the state and national level – which also included communal polarization of votes, aggressive anti-Congress campaign by the BJP, corruption and scams, and lack of coordination among different levels of the party.

The Congress, which had won seven of the state’s 14 Lok Sabha seats in 2009, could win only three this time. A section of leaders led by education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been constantly campaigning for ouster of Tarun Gogoi from the chief minister’s office.

The five reasons that the APCC tick-marked for the state level debacle were (i) Communal polarization of votes both by BJP and AIUDF, (ii) Lack of coordination in the rank and file of the party, (iii) Negative anti-Congress campaign by a section of the local media, (iv) Heavy erosion of vote-bank among tea plantation labourers, and (v) Lack of active role by panchayact-level leaders.

At the national level on the other hand, the APCC identified the following five reasons: (i) Communal polarization of votes by BJP, (ii) Aggressive anti-Congress campaign by BJP, (iii) Biased role of a section of print and electronic media, (iv) Corruption and scams involving central ministers and top leaders, and (v) BJP’s constant focus on price rise.

“These were five issues that have been identified among many more reasons that DCC presidents and secretaries pointed out today. The APCC will hold a three-day brainstorming session soon to discuss threadbare on these issues and find remedial measures,” a spokesman of the APCC said.

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