New Delhi: After Rahul Gandhi reviewed the
Uttar Pradesh poll debacle, another review committee led by
senior leader A K Antony would go into the causes of the
Congress rout in UP and Goa as also the shock defeat in Punjab
and the performance in Uttarakhand.
The review committee which also comprises Delhi Chief
Minister Shiela Dikshit and Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
is expected to give its report to the party chief by the month
Party sources said the constitution of the informal
committee by the Congress chief sometime back showed that the
party wants to set its house in order by taking lessons from
the Assembly polls to make the party battle ready ahead of the
Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
Incidentally, Antony had led the high-level committee
constituted by Sonia Gandhi to go into the causes of the
party`s debacle in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections.
The Defence Minister is also heading the Central
Disciplinary Action Committee of the party and is a member of
the key Congress Core Group which has which is headed by the
party chief and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh among its
The Antony Committee has already met some senior leaders
from Uttarakhand and Punjab and is expected to meet leaders
from UP in the next two-three days.
A drastic overhaul of the Uttar Pradesh Congress
Committee is on the cards and plans are afoot to divide the
state organisationally in four to five zones so as to get the
party`s act together at a time when regional parties Samajwadi
Party and the BSP are calling the shots for the past decade in
the state’s politics.
After reviewing the Uttar Pradesh poll debacle, Rahul
Gandhi had yesterday warned against indiscipline in Congress
and vowed to bring the party back to good days in the state.
Winding up the two-day exercise, Gandhi had declared he
is not the one to accept defeat and that he would turn the
party`s fortunes in the state.
The Congress meeting felt the "confusion" over the
minority quota cost the party dear.
The party`s poor showing in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the
pocket boroughs of the Nehru-Gandhi family, also figured at
Gandhi said the party`s seats, as also the percentage of
votes, has increased and now it should be Congress` endeavour
to become the alternative in the state.
"Don`t expect kid gloves treatment from now on.It will be
firm steps," was the message of Gandhi at the review meeting
which concluded yesterday.