Rahul again tells Mistry to pick 'winners'

  • Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2014 00:35 IST

The Congress doesn't seem to have learnt much from its poll debacle and has entrusted party general secretary Madhusudan Mistry with the task of identifying winnable candidates for the coming assembly polls in four states.

A clear favourite of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Mistry will send observers to different constituencies in poll-bound Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir to gather feedback about sitting MLAs and potential winners. The observers will then submit a report to him.

Interestingly, the experiment of identifying winnable candidates had failed in the general election, where the Congress registered its worst-ever poll performance, winning only 44 seats, 162 less than it had bagged in 2009. Mistry faced a lot of flak for the rout and also for the way he handled the party's affairs in the politically important state of Uttar Pradesh.

Mistry had himself lost to Narendra Modi in Vadodara by a margin of more than 5.7 lakh votes.

The latest move has, therefore, baffled many in the party. Some even privately wondered if "non-performance was the sole criteria for promotion" in the organisation.

"Mistry has failed the party. Why can't the leadership find better and more inspiring functionaries?" a party leader asked.

Mistry was not allowed to speak at a Gujarat Congress introspection meet in Ahmedabad last month, where party members had gathered to analyse the reasons for the Congress' poor show.

The leaders, in fact, heckled Mistry, asking him why he failed to raise pertinent issues before the central leadership to help improve the party's poll performance. He was also criticised at a recent review meeting in Uttar Pradesh.

From Around the Web
Sponsored by Revcontent

also read

CM candidate Sheila Dikshit takes a break on day one of Congress’ UP mission
Show comments

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Chrome and Ad BlockPlus users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar at top right of this page

2. Click on ‘Enabled on this site’; this should now change to ‘Disabled on this site’


chrome



For Chrome and Ad Block users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don’t run on pages on this domain’ and then click ‘exclude’ on the pop up


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Mozilla and AdBlock Plus (ABP) users

1.Press the ‘ABP’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Internet Explorer and AdBlock Plus users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock Plus’ icon in your status bar at the bottom of the screen

2.Select the option ‘Disable on hindustantimes.com’


chrome

Steps to disable Ad Blocker on your browser


In order to serve content on our website, we rely on advertising revenue which helps us to ensure that we continue to serve high quality unbiased journalism. From our end, we will aim to show clean and unobtrusive ads to provide you with a great browsing experience.

Request to please follow the steps below and once done, please refresh your page.


For Safari and AdBlock users

1.Press the ‘AdBlock’ icon in your toolbar

2.Select the option ‘Don't run pages on this domain’ and then click 'exclude'


chrome