“Unfortunately, our own performance in all the states was very disappointing and if I may say, unexpectedly so,” Sonia Gandhi said in today’s meeting.
Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday, describing the party’s performance in last month’s Assembly elections as “very disappointing”, said it was “unexpectedly so”
The CWC (Congress Working Committee) – the party’s highest decision-making body – would meet soon to review the results, Mrs Gandhi said. “… but it goes without saying that we, as a party collective, must draw appropriate lessons from this setback in a spirit of humility,” she said.
At a virtual meet of the Congress Parliamentary Party, Mrs Gandhi said: “Unfortunately, our own performance in all the states was very disappointing and if I may say, unexpectedly so. The CWC is meeting shortly to review results.” Sonia Gandhi also congratulated Mamata Banerjee and MK Stalin for their wins.
The Congress party struggled to appeal to the voters in the recently held assembly elections.
In West Bengal, where the party was part of the Sanyukta Morcha along with the Left and the ISF, it was decimated and the alliance shut out. Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool swept 213 seats with the BJP winning 77.
In Assam, where Congress had a strong hold until 2016 when BJP breached the state, the party did comparatively better but did not come anywhere close to pose a challenge to the BJP.
In Kerala, the Congress at least held its ground, losing just one seat from 2016 to finish with 41. The Left front, however, registered a commanding win by claiming 99 seats. The BJP won zero seats.
The party was part of the winning alliance along with DMK in Tamilnadu. It performed relatively better in the state winning 8 out of 25 seats it contested. The party, however, failed to come back to power in Puducherry where its government crashed days before polling.