Sonia applies healing touch to demoralised party ranks

Pens a letter to them emphasising that a seat in Parliament is not everything, and that there are other ways of serving the nation and the party

New Delhi : With a huge army of defeated Lok Sabha candidates nursing their electoral wounds, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi has initiated the healing process.

In an outreach exercise, Gandhi has penned a letter to them emphasising that a seat in parliament is not everything, and that there are others ways of serving the nation and the party.

She is also reported to have stressed that the process of reconstruction shall start soon, and expressed her support for all of them in it.

This has come at a time when the party ranks are demoralised and are waiting for some encouraging signals from the leadership. There is widespread discontent against the state chief ministers where the party is in power, and there is an apprehension that things may worsen if corrective measures are not put in place with the required measure of urgency.

In another exercise, Madhusudan Mistry, the party general secretary incharge for Uttar Pradesh where the party was literally decimated from 22 seats to 2 out of 80 with the winners being the Congress president and her son Rahul, has held feedback sessions with the defeated candidates to assess the reasons for their defeat.

The party is also waiting for Gandhi to usher in the organizational changes at the party headquarters, to see as to whether there is any system of rewards and punishments for the ‘high and mighty office bearers’ who are too a great extent responsible for the party’s dismal showing.

Meanwhile, it was bonhomie all around as a sizeable chunk of members of the newly-elected 16th Lok Sabha including Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath on Thursday. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti took their oath as members of parliament in Sanskrit.  Devjibhai Fatehpura, BJP MP from Surendranagar, Gujarat, performed a traditional dance before entering parliament.

Anil Sharma

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