Congress gets ready to dissect poll debacle, senior leaders likely to train guns on Team Rahul

Anil Shastri, special invitee to the CWC, is learnt to have even shot off a letter to Rahul pointing out the flaws in the campaign strategy formulated and executed by his team.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2014 1:50 pm

As the dust is settling down after the Lok Sabha elections, the task is cut out for the Congress party which was routed by the Modi wave winning only 44 seats. Though the Gandhi loyalists will try to save party vice president Rahul Gandhi from criticism for he was the leading the campaign, many Congress seniors may target his inner coterie during the Congress Working Committee meeting today.

Anil Shastri, special invitee to the CWC, is learnt to have even shot off a letter to Rahul pointing out the flaws in the campaign strategy formulated and executed by his team.

According to party sources, there are already rumblings in Rahul’s team, with his aides trying to blame each other. While party sources targeted Rahul’s close aide Kanishka Singh for “misleading” him — about the party’s prospects and the poll strategy in terms of selection of candidates, campaign plan and deployment of resources — and blocking party leaders’ “access” to the Congress vice-president, another section targeted Mohan Gopal, Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies, who was reported to be calling the shots in the team.

“Remember that Mohan Gopal was the NSUI president in 1977 and yet Rahul chose him as his key advisor,” said a Congress leader, adding that Gopal had “totally replaced” Jairam Ramesh who did not play much role in election management, including in planning Rahul’s rallies and speeches, “unlike in 2004 and 2009 elections”.

Some CWC members also expressed disagreement with the party leadership’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, which resulted in the party being routed from a state in which it had won 33 seats in 2009. Sources said many senior leaders including A K Antony and Digvijaya Singh had opposed the creation of Telangana, but Sonia had gone along with the view of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had argued that the party would do well in Telangana as K Chandrasekhar Rao had given him the word that he would merge the TRS with the Congress after the creation of the new state.

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  1. K
    May 19, 2014 at 8:05 am
    I think, it is not fair to blame Mr Rahul hi for Congress Party's humiliating poll debacle. I believe, but for his marathon efforts, the Party might have performed worser.
  2. M
    May 19, 2014 at 7:41 am
    What a stupid campaign! Gujarat riots Gujarat riots Gujarat riots Gujarat riots It took a dummo S Pawar to tell them they are wasting their time as the public has accepted courts verdict of no evidence against Modi! Then they changed gear- snoopgate snoopgate snoopgate snoopgate. BY NOW MODI WAS BUSY SELLING DEVELOPEMENT DEVELOPMENT! The rest is history lolzzzzzzzz
  3. P
    May 19, 2014 at 8:06 am
    " the party leadership’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh " --- the party is wiped out from Andhra pradesh forever eternally as in tamilnadu.this the party leadership should realise.
  4. S
    May 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm
    BTW, How Sonia takes decision about State's division decision where as it has to be PM of India, what does it indicate, so congress party directly accepting Sonia was unofficial PM ..So every govt file was verified by her, wasn't it crime?How come a party president had rights on State division whereas she wasn't minister..??It's shame how our Ex PM was only for namesake and country was ruled by Sonia..Hope Congress never comes into power again..
  5. S
    May 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm
    Congress people divided AP for their political benefits without thinking about common people..AP people served them better with 0 MLA's and 0MP's in Andhra region. Hope Modi government won't do the same mistake by dividing states for their stupid political reasons. Parties should remember that times have been changed and commom people are much educated and if they want they will dethrone them at any time..Ex, this election result and Anti corruption movement and Delhi embly elections.
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