The one-on-one interaction with Congress candidates conducted at the PCC office by senior party leaders on Tuesday was not only an attempt to explore the possibilities in case of a hung Assembly, but also played an important role in deciding the roadmap for general elections due next year.
During the feedback, maximum candidates complained about lack of support by senior leaders and internal strife claiming it dented their prospects in the elections. Candidates complained about the local leaders who, driven by their personal grievances, worked against the interest of the party in the elections thereby damaging the party’s prospects in several pockets.
Many candidates even submitted a list of such leaders at local level and demanded their expulsion. During the interaction, report card of MPs and other senior leaders was also prepared wherein report was taken about their role in their areas during Assembly election. This is also being seen as start of Lok Sabha poll preparation by the Congress.
The candidates also briefed the seniors about their present prospects, swing of votes and factors that worked in their constituencies. “The present priority of the party is to delve into the possibility of a hung Assembly and get prepared with all possible combinations. But the trend and perception of voters, local issues, caste combination, role of senior leaders including MPs, and internal strife, if any, will help the party to come out with more aggressive strategy for the general elections,” said a senior Congress leader.
In all, the interaction mainly revolved around three factors which include ground reality and trend, role of senior leaders including MPs and internal strife, if any, he added. Sources informed that the entire exercise was conducted at the direction of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, a detailed report of which will be submitted to him in the next two days.
Tuesday’s interaction lasted for more than 12 hours in which candidate from 28 districts were called for interaction with Congress leader CP Joshi, state in-charge Gurudas Kamat, chief minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC chief Chandrbhaan and others.