The Congress party held a one-on-one interaction with its candidates at PCC office on Tuesday to explore the ground reality and get ready with an action plan in case of a ‘hung Assembly’. Though no candidate was ready to admit that he might lose the election, everybody narrated different problems faced by him/her during the elections. Besides complaints of lack of support from senior leaders and internal strife, candidates pointed out many other factors that may cast a shadow on their performance.
Many complained that as the PCC chief was himself contesting the election from Mandawa, there was no proper management at party headquarters. Many blamed it to the absence of start campaigners in their constituency. Some said that efforts to appease the rebels were not satisfactory.
Many leaders admitted that it was the rise on NPP which made the contest triangular in their areas as it ate into the Meena vote bank of Congress party.
Naimuddin Guddu, the Congress candidate from Ladpura, said, “None of the senior leaders came to my support or help. They were busy in their own elections. It was only party workers who supported us. But despite these odds, we will win.”
Sources said that in the closed-door interaction, legislator from Begu Rajendra Bidhudi reportedly accused Congress MP Girija Vyas while Marwar Junction candidate Khushveer Singh accused Badri Jakhar of ‘non-cooperation’.
In several cases, interaction lasted for more than 15 minutes while many candidates came out in just a few ministers.
Leela Maderna, Congress candidate from Osian, looked upset after the interaction. She even refused to make any comment or interact with the media.
Hanumangarh candidate Vinod Leelavali said, “Internal strife has damaged the party but Congress is a big family and such things keep happening.” Several leaders expressed their concern and said that despite doing so much of work, if Congress party retain power, then leaders would develop the perception that work never pays.
Some big names missing on day 1
Several big names in Congress camp were missing during the one-on-one interaction with the party brass on Tuesday. Leaders like Sonaram Chaudhary, Hemaram Chaudhary, Ratan Dewasi and some leaders from Bundi were conspicuous by their absence. Meanwhile, leaders from Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Alwar and Dausa have been called on Wednesday.