After going into UP poll debacle, Congress on Friday set in motion the exercise of analysing the causes for its defeat in Punjab amid a blamegame going on among party leaders in the state for the poor showing with many of them targeting PCC chief Amarinder Singh.
A three-member high-level Committee headed by defence minister AK Antony on Friday separately heard party leaders from the state to ascertain the reasons behind the defeat and help revamp the party in the state.
Prominent leaders from Punjab whom the Committee members met this evening at Antony's residence included Union Ministers Preneet Kaur and Ashwani Kumar, besides party's general secretary incharge Gulchain Singh Charak and secretary Vijay Laxmi Sadho, PCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh and his bete noire Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, apart from AICC secretary Jagmit Singh Brar.
Other leaders who also met the Committee members were newly-elected CLP leader Sunil Jakhar and former PCC chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee.
The three-member Committee, which includes Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Power Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde, was formed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to assess the reasons for the defeat and suggest measures to revamp the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The state party unit has been embroiled in a bitter factional fight following its defeat in the Assembly polls, with many blaming PCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh for the debacle. While many are seeking Capt's removal, some are seeking for a revamp of the party after its consecutive loss.
The committee will be submitting its report on the reasons for party’s defeat in Punjab assembly polls soon, sources said.
The Congress leadership is taking up the party's revamp seriously in states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, after its debacle in three of the five states that went to polls recently.
Party leader Rahul Gandhi has already met leaders from Uttar Pradesh to ascertain the reasons for the party's debacle in the state. Gandhi, who had led the party in the polls in UP, heard the leaders from the state as he set out on the first review of the poll defeat.