The churn in the Congress over its poor performance in Bihar Assembly elections continued, with Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Tariq Anwar on Thursday admitting that the party’s weak show prevented the Opposition alliance — Mahagathbandhan (MGB) — from reaching the halfway mark.
Breaking the silence on its performance, the party on Thursday said it was “disappointed” and asserted that the CWC will review the results.
Anwar told The Indian Express: “There should be introspection, as it is a fact that we had contested 41 seats in 2015 and won 27 of them. We should find out why this time we could only win 19 despite contesting on 70 seats. We need to identify the shortcomings…where we went wrong…. Our strike rate this time is dismal.”
Anwar also said it is a “fact” that a government under the RJD-led MGB could not be formed “because of the Congress”. He said, “Had our strike been better, we could have easily formed the government. We have to accept this truth.”
Asked what went wrong, Anwar said, “It is a matter for detailed introspection. We will speak to all our candidates who lost…district Congress committee presidents…(and) identify the weaknesses and then come to a conclusion.”
Asked about complaints by state Congress leaders that the party was given difficult seats, and that the selection of candidates was also not up to the mark, he said, “It can be anything, but it will not be fair to come to an immediate conclusion. We have to take everyone (along and seek their opinion on the performance).”
Meanwhile, addressing the media in the national capital, senior leader P Chidambaram said, “We are disappointed with the performance in Bihar, and I am sure the Congress Working Committee will review the situation in Bihar and come up with an official statement of our position.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines