New Delhi : The Congress party has concluded its internal post mortem exercise into the worst electoral defeat it has suffered in its 129 year long history. Its tally of Lok Sabha seats had plunged from 206 in 2009 to 44 in 2014. The four member A K Antony committee appointed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi has submitted its report to her.
Interacting briefly with reporters at the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of the 68th I-Day, Antony said — This is all speculation, absolutely wrong. Those who are spreading these kind of rumours want to weaken the party… Such things are being spread by mischievous people, who want to weaken the party.”
He was dismissing reports that Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has been blamed for the party’s performance.
Known for his brief observations, Antony, a veteran of many such post mortem reports, added, “The reasons for the Congress defeat were something else.” There have been indications that most of the party activists who interacted with the panel have observed that the party was no match for the high voltage propaganda blitzkrieg launched well in advance of the elections by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The activists have also blamed the organisational failures as well as the polarisation of the voters on communal lines for the party’s performance. On his part, Antony said that he would not like to divulge the contents of the report. “I do not want to go into details. I will not reveal the details… I do not want to say anything about the content of the report.” But he expressed confidence that the party would bounce back.”We are confident. Just as we did in 1977, we will overcome this difficult phase as well. Congress will overcome this. We will be able to regain the loss, strengthen our party and reinforce our mass base again. We will revive under leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul,” he said.