The ruling Congress suffered a major setback as the party was reduced to a bit-part player across all five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand.
Following the election results, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met to discuss the party’s future as it risks being pushed into obscurity on a national level.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her willingness to step down from the party’s post along with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra but their colleagues rejected the offer. CWC unanimously decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim chief till organizational polls are held. Sanjay Baru dubbed this a Sonia Congress, referring to Sonia Gandhi’s resignation and stated the Congress’ decline is not limited to the Gandhis, “This is the structural decline over a 30-year period.”
According to ex-Congress Spokesperson Sanjay Jha, the party’s defeat is a “catastrophe” that the party can no longer ignore. “Congress was last in power in 1990. It had been out of power for 32 years and received only 2% of the vote after that. “Who is accountable for Congress’s performance?” he wondered. “Priyanka Gandhi, on the other hand, has shown in Uttar Pradesh that she is willing to work hard. And, regardless of the outcome, work ethic is essential,” he concurred.
He called Gandhis a liability and stated that there aren’t many leaders in Congress anymore, “Rahul fails the leadership test.” He believes that Sachin Pilot should be given the opportunity to lead the Congress party forward.
He claimed that Congress leadership is incompetent, ignorant and doesn’t have the capability to make decisions that grow the place, “they cannot take cause which preserves the sanctity of the organization.”
Tehseen Poonawalla, a political analyst, also comments on Congress’s inability to make critical appointment decisions, “The Congress should stop handing over party organizations to outsiders and making them Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents.” He further stated that Congress simply does not identify people who damage the party and continues to appoint people who will sink it politically and professionally.