The six-hour brainstorming session has been described as ‘frank and free’ by the participants. “Everyone spoke out frankly, and in fact all poured their heart out. One of the key elements of criticism by the party functionaries is the government’s insensitivity when it comes to handling of key issues. What was the point in hiking the price of LPG cylinders a day before polling in Himachal Pradesh, and then holding it back,” said a senior party functionary.
The government also came under fire for its inept handling of the agitations and protests by the civil society. It was pointed out that people with all kinds of doubtful credentials had been levelling wild allegations and none of them had been exposed by any of the government agencies.
However, from the ministerial side it was pointed out that the party also needs to appreciate the constraints in the functioning of the government. “There is a need for both the sides to appreciate each other’s limitations, and this is where we need better cohesion,” said a union minister.
With corruption emerging as one of the key issues of discussion in the context of the current political situation, the participants stressed that there has been a gross failure in highlighting the corruption of the BJP-ruled states.
“The fact is that there is more corruption in the BJP-ruled states, an we have failed to target it. The government agencies too have failed to track the massive misuse of central funds by these state governments,” said a participant. Another issue on which the government was attacked by the party leaders was its failure to handle the media effectively in the context of various controversies.