The Congress today conceded that it lost the Bihar assembly polls badly due to lack of organisational strength and absence of an influential local leader.
"We have lost the polls badly owing to organisational weakness as well as absence of a quality leader of proven stature unlike other contenders," Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman P C Mishra told reporters here.
The party failed to capitalise on the charisma of its national president Sonia Gandhi and "youth icon" Rahul Gandhi as it simply did not have organisational power to make a mark at the hustings, he said.
The NDA was able to exploit the anti-Lalu sentiment and fear of return of 'jungle raj' among the people, he said.
However, he said, all was not lost for the Congress despite drubbings as it seemed the electorate had switched on the 'yellow light' for it to wait for its turn in the state politics and the 'red light' for RJD-LJP combine asking it to stop forever.
The Congress leader denied that the 'Rahul factor' had failed to work and said the state unit had failed to utilise the latter's charismatic presence and his appeal among the youths.
"The Congress will recapture its lost ground by strengthening its organisational structure to fight future polls will full vigour and Rahul has a role to play in encouraging the party's rank and file," he said.