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Congress failed to meet people’s aspirations: Sonia Gandhi

Gandhi says party hasn’t been able to convince people of its policies, programmes, achievements
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Congress failed to meet people’s aspirations: Sonia Gandhi
Congress party president Sonia Gandhi says one reason for the ruling party’s poor performance in the recent state assembly elections may have been its failure to meet people’s ‘aspirations’. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
New Delhi: Congress party president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said one reason for the ruling party’s poor performance in the recent state assembly elections may have been its failure to meet people’s “aspirations”.
Gandhi, who was addressing a meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party, also said the party should speak up against the divisive policies of opposition parties.
“We are going into the causes for the defeat. There are many, but it is obvious that we have not been able to convince the people of our policies, programmes and achievements. We have not, it seems, been able to fulfill their aspirations,” she said.
The ruling Congress party was routed in Delhi, left with just eight of 70 seats, and its government was ousted in Rajasthan, where it won only 21 seats in a 200-seat assembly. In Madhya Pradesh, it managed to win only 58 seats in the 230 member assembly. It also conceded defeat in Chhattisgarh, winning 39 seats in the 90-member state assembly. Mizoram was the only state where it was able to form a government.
In Delhi and Rajasthan, Gandhi said, the party “lacked a sense of discipline and unity”.
“While the elections results are disappointing, we should not lose heart. There is another battle ahead of us, in May 2014 for which we must ready ourselves,” she said referring to the coming general election.
“We must not be afraid to speak against those who offer only a narrow and destructive alternative.”
PTI contributed to this story.
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