New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the party had faced poll routs in the past several elections, including the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, not because of the Bharatiya Janata Party but as a consequence of party workers' angst.
Sources quoted Rahul as saying during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet today that the party lost the elections because senior leaders chose to ignore the workers and didn't look into their grievances.
The CWC met here today to discuss a plethora of issues, among them reorganising the party structure.
The crucial meet came in the wake of a string of poll debacles in several states.
The CWC strongly criticised the Narendra Modi government for taking the ordinance route and bypassing Parliament on all crucial matters, senior Congress leader Ambika Soni told reporters after the meeting.
Emerging from the four-hour-long meeting, attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul as well as former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others, Soni said: "There was an in-depth discussion on the wrong policies of the NDA (government) that is adopting the ordinance route."
"(The government has) promulgated more than a dozen ordinances. This is really weakening democracy at its grassroots level... we felt very strongly about it,"Soni said.
As many as 30 CWC members discussed the land ordinance, introduced by the BJP government last month, and other organisational matters, including the membership drive, in a meeting at the party headquarters here.
Soni said discussion on Rahul Gandhi's prospective elevation to the party's presidency was not on the agenda of the meeting this time.
"Rahul Gandhi is our vice president and he is playing a very prominent role (in the party). He is also guiding from upfront on many organisation matters."
But today (Tuesday) "we spoke on the agenda connected with organisation matter only", she said.
In the past, several party leaders had demanded that Rahul should take over the reins and lead the party.
The meet came not long after Sonia Gandhi wrote to state party leaders seeking their inputs on reorganising the party in the wake of poll routs at the Centre as well as in states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
(With agency inputs)