Indore: After losing civic polls, Congress gropes for answers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 19:40 IST

After losing the recent Indore municipal elections, local Congress leaders have no clues about how to revive the party unit and enthuse workers.

They have avoided giving statements in this regard as questions are being raised over the efficiency of MP Congress Committee president Arun Yadav under whose tenure the party lost the Lok Sabha, panchayat and municipal elections in the state.

Former Congress MP and municipal election committee in-charge Sajjan Singh Verma said the party has accepted the defeat. “We have to change the leadership from top to bottom if the party has to survive. We have to develop a second line of leadership as the top leadership is least bothered about what is happening on the ground,” he said.

Having tasted defeat in November 2013 Assembly elections where it lost all the five seats in the city and also the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it was a do or die situation for the Congress. Unfortunately, even with its back to the wall, the Congress failed to put up a united front. This was apparent during the visit of state Congress president Arun Yadav when rival factions came to blows at the function held to inaugurate the office of mayoral candidate Archana Jaiswal.

Though Jaiswal carried out a gusty campaign, she received very little support from senior Congress leaders. Apart from AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, no other senior leader came to campaign for her. And even the timing of Singh’s visit, on Republic Day, has been questioned. “Singh chose a wrong day when everyone was in a holiday mood for canvassing,” a local Congress leader said.

“We urgently need a revival plan,” Verma said when asked what will be the party’s next step. However, he did not give details of revival.

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