Cong disagrees with contention Rahul`s team failed to perform

Congress on Saturday disagreed with contentions that Rahul Gandhi`s team failed to perform in the Assembly elections in five states whose results were declared yesterday and cautioned against "instant coffee analysis."

Last Updated: May 14, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Saturday disagreed with
contentions that Rahul Gandhi`s team failed to perform in the
Assembly elections in five states whose results were declared
yesterday and cautioned against "instant coffee analysis."

"Any election needs to be analysed in wider
perspective. It is not correct to give any such hasty analysis
of elections," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
He also cautioned against "instant coffee analysis of
election results and "disingenuous" way of analysing politics.

Dismissing reports that Gandhi`s magic has failed,
sources close to Gandhi said that Indian Youth Congress and
NSUI candidates fielded in Assembly elections of Assam, West
Bengal and Kerala have shown "remarkable success".

Gandhi is the general secretary in-charge for both
youth and student wings of the party and had played a key role
in getting tickets for those belonging to the wings in the
elections in line with his mission to increase participation
of youth in active politics.

The sources attributed the defeat of all ten
candidates belonging to these frontal organisations in Tamil
Nadu and one in Pondichery to the "wave that brought AIADMK to
power."
They added "the noteworthy fact is that most of the
Youth Congress candidates gave tough fight and the margin was
very thin."

Regarding Assam, they said it was a "clean sweep" for
their candidates.

"Five candidates out of six from Youth Congress have
been victorious inlcuding one woman office-bearer," they said,
adding that the victory rate there was over 80 percent.

On Kerala, where Congress secured a wafer thin
majority, they said that five of the total ten candidates
including a tribal woman won there while in West Bengal, four
of the seven candidates fielded from Youth Congress and NSUI
won.

They said that the Youth Congress candidates fought
some of the toughest seats in Kerala including in four against
sitting ministers of Left Democratic Front government there.

They added "Youth Congress and NSUI had a better yield
than the parent party...Hibi Eden, the NSUI national President
won with a margin of over 32 thousand, the highest in the
state."

They also cited the performance of NSUI and Youth
Congress candidates in West Bengal to hammer home their point
and described and attributed the defeats to contesting on
"some of the toughest seats".

"In West Bengal, four out of 7 Youth Congress- NSUI
candidates won, icluding one woman office-bearer and 3
Scheduled Caste office bearers. Youth Congress fought some the
toughest seats in West Bengal, including two against sitting
Left Front Ministers.

PTI