An internal survey of the Congress does not paint a rosy picture for the party, insiders told The Indian Express.
In the survey, at least half the Assembly legislators have not received favourable reviews from their voters. This does not auger well for the party that is struggling to recover from the Kamal Nath episode. The appointment of Nath as Punjab in-charge earned the ire of many sections of the public as they accused him of being party to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Nath resigned from the post last week.
Source said the Congress had engaged a private company to survey the position of its 42 MLAs. Several big-wigs of the party are among the ones facing people’s ire this time, said the report. A few members considered close to AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi are also said to be on a shaky wicket.
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Congress leaders claim that the ‘poor performance’ had a lot do with government ignoring their constituency. Political observers, however, say that the Congress is not providing a viable alternative to the AAP, which is facing its first Assembly elections in Punjab.
As per the report, the Congress needs to strengthen itself in Malwa region, which has 69 seats in the offing. Congress had won 32 seats in 2012 elections from this region. The region is also considered a strong hold AAP is considered to have a strong hold in Malwa region of the state.
In Majha Congress had won eight out of 25 seats and in Doaba it won six out of 23 seats. “We are not doing that bad in Majha and Doaba as far as our MLAs are concerned. But we certainly need to pull our socks up,” said a party leader.
The survey has, however, found that there were certain legislators who were still popular among their electors. The report backed them to win these seats again.