New Delhi: After Rahul Gandhi reviewed the
Uttar Pradesh poll debacle, a high-level Congress panel today
began reviewing the party`s dismal showing at the hustings in
Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa.
The three-member panel, led by Defence Minister AK
Antony, began meetings with leaders from Uttar Pradesh as part
of an exercise to go into the reasons for Congress` defeat in
the crucial state of UP where Rahul Gandhi had put in
considerable effort to shore up the party`s fortunes.
Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal met the review panel
here this morning and is understood to have given his views on
the party`s dismal performance in Uttar Pradesh.
Besides Antony, Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit are members of the
panel which is expected to give its report to Congress chief
Sonia Gandhi by the month end.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna also met the
panel and pointed out that there were at least 14 seats in
Uttarakhand where Congress rebels had polled more votes that
the margin with which the party`s official candidate was
"We discussed whether election results could have been
better and secondly that since we have formed the Government
in the state, then what is our point of view and what steps
are we planning to take," Bahuguna said after the meeting.
Congress has a slender edge over the BJP in the
Uttarakhand Assembly and has formed the government with
support of three BSP MLAs and independents.
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.