New Delhi, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

With the 2014 Lok Sabha polls witnessing a worst ever performance by the Congress, a meeting of the Congress Working Committee will be held tomorrow to analyse reasons for poor show by the party.

After the Lok Sabha polls threw up a massive win for the BJP-led-NDA and worst ever performance by the Congress in the history of Independent India, Mrs Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi accepted the responsibility for the party's debacle while congratulating the BJP for its huge victory.

There are speculations that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi could offer their resignation at the CWC meeting. The reports come amid several sections of the party as well as political observers putting the blame for the debacle on the campaigning by Rahul, who led the election campaign of the Congress party.

In fact, senior leaders of the party feel that faulty ticket distribution and prominent roles for non-political faces are responsible for the poor show by the party in these polls. Sources also say that the CWC meeting could see a major overhaul in the organizational structure of the party.

The sources said the Haryana state President Ashok Tanwar could step down from the party post taking moral responsibility of the party's debacle in Haryana. Congress suffered a huge blow in Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections as it lost nine Lok Sabha seats out of 10 in the state. Four-time MP Bhupinder Singh Bhadana, too, had to bite the dust at the hands of his BJP rival.

The sources said former Union Minister Kumari Selja could be appointed as the new Haryana Congress President.

Selja, who was the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment during Congress-led UPA regime, was appointed to the Rajya Sabha earlier this year.

Senior leaders of the party have called for serious introspection over the debacle of the party, which had the lowest ever tally of 44 in the Lok Sabha in these elections.

The leaders like Anil Shastri, son of late PM Lal Bhadur Shahstri, have called for immediate corrective measures to check problems like party hoppers managing to get tickets and old-time partymen being ignored in the process.

Rahul and Mrs Gandhi have already accepted responsibility for the party's poor show.

"The Congress has done pretty badly (in the Lok Sabha elections). As Vice President of the Party, I hold myself responsible for the debacle,"Mr Rahul Gandhi had told reporters here.

Talking to reporters, Mrs Gandhi said the Congress had fought its adversaries on the basis of policies and programmes .

"The results of the Lok Sabha polls are before us. The Congress went to the people with its achievements, policies and programmes. We, however, did not get the support we were expecting. We believe that winning and losing is party of elections. The mandate was against us. We respect the people's decision with humility. I am the party President, accept responsibility for the defeat,"Mrs Gandhi said.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)