Sonia Gandhi calls meet to introspect poll debacle, AAP rules out alliance
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday called for an urgent meet with top party leaders to introspect on the party`s stunning defeat in four states results for which were declared yesterday.
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday called for an urgent meet with top party leaders to introspect on the party`s stunning defeat in four states results for which were declared yesterday.
During the meeting, the Congress top brass will ponder over the possible factors that led to the party`s humiliation in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Assembly elections.
Sonia Gandhi had on Sunday said that the results of assembly polls were very disappointing and asked her party leaders to study "the many reasons for this defeat".
The Congress scored 0-4 in the assembly poll results announced in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
Congratulating her "opponents" for winning in the four states, a sombre Sonia told the media she was "very, very disappointed" with the election results.
"This result calls for deep introspection," she said. "We have to understand to look at the many reasons for this defeat. We have to look into the way we did not take our message to the people.
"Also, we have to look at our own party if it is well equipped in running an election (campaign)."
Sonia admitted "many people were obviously unhappy (with the Congress). Otherwise there would not have been such results". She said rising prices of essential commodities was an issue with the electorate.
"We will introspect seriously and we will take all necessary action ... We will rectify our mistakes."
Sonia expressed confidence the results of assembly polls will not have a bearing on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. "General elections are quite different. People in state elections do focus on personality at the state level, at leaders who are likely to lead them," she said.
However, in national elections, "people look at the person who is likely to guide them and govern them at the national level", the Congress chief said.
Asked whether the Congress party would name its prime ministerial candidate against Bharatiya Janata Party`s Narendra Modi, Sonia said, "people need not worry as, at an opportune time, the name of the prime ministerial candidate will be announced".
Initially, she appeared reluctant to give an answer when asked whether party vice president Rahul Gandhi would be named as the prime ministerial candidate. "We will make a statement. The party has to decide. The party will decide at the opportune time," she said.
Meanwhile, AAP leader Manish Sisodia today reiterated that his party will prefer to sit in opposition than joining hands with BJP or Congress. We have no lust for power, he added.
The core committee of AAP is expected to met today at 3 pm to chalk out its next strategy. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will also meet the elected representatives of the party later today.