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    This may be the real reason behind Rahul's resignation

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    After Congress lost 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Sonia Gandhi had instituted the Antony Committee for an official post-mortem.

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    Rahul also based his campaign on the faulty inputs of his data team.
    Salman Khurshid’s remark that Rahul Gandhi deprived the Congress an opportunity to analyse reasons for the Lok Sabha poll defeat, by quitting as party chief, may be ‘breaking news’ on channels, but top Congress leaders have for long held the view that Gandhi’s resignation was to divert attention from his ill-fated poll strategies which would have been the focus of attention otherwise.

    After Congress lost the 2014 polls, party chief Sonia Gandhi had instituted the Antony Committee for an official post-mortem. Several party leaders believe Rahul and his team of ‘professionals’ who selected the planks and executed the party’s poll strategy, often by elbowing out the collective leadership, prevented the unearthing of inconvenient truths by not having an institutional probe.

    During the campaign, there were differences in the leadership about the larger strategy Team Rahul had adopted against the Modi regime. While some leaders felt the party should use several planks — economic crisis post-demonetisation/ GST, farm distress, unemployment and social strife under the Modi regime — and Rafale should be just one of the planks, Team Rahul made it a Bofors-like theme, according to a party insider. Congress leaders, however, saw no parallel as there was no VP Singh-like revolt in the Modi government or expose on kickbacks, or alleged money trail linking it to people close to the PM. Consequently, Rahul’s ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan proved insufficient to make Rafale ‘electorally spicy’, even as Modi retaliated by using his nationalist plank, post-Balakot.

    Many leaders also cautioned against making it a ‘Rahul Vs Modi’ fight. The party had skilfully avoided a ‘Vajpayee Vs Sonia’ theme in 2004 by juxtaposing the NDA regime’s incumbency burden against its ‘Shining India’ plank, while also tapping the anger over Gujarat riots and the collective strength of a large Opposition alliance. However, Team Rahul insisted on making it a ‘Rahul Vs Modi’ fight, to the PM’s advantage. Too much effort on building Brand Rahul also led to negligence of alliance coordination in Bihar, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. DMK-led Tamil Nadu was the only state where an alliance clicked. Despite Congress wins in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and MP a few months before the LS polls, Rahul could not match up to the Modi factor and his ‘Nyay Yojna’ promise crashed as the NDA government transferred cash directly to voters.

    Congress leaders with base and appeal were under-utilised too, even as Team Rahul made Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sam Pitroda star campaigners who gifted BJP controversies. Rahul also based his campaign on the faulty inputs of his data team, whose head Praveen Chakravarty he had handpicked. Absence of a postmortem avoided examination of the credibility of the data from the Shakti App. Further, many were pessimistic about Rahul’s temple run as his makeover as a Shiv bhakt only entrapped him in a Sangh Parivar ‘akhara’. Selection of UP Congress candidates and the Priyanka-led revival project too lost credibility after Rahul fled to Wayanad.

    With Sonia Gandhi’s return, there seems to be some informal course correction: The Congress has stopped harping on Rafale; Rahul is going abroad more and less to temples; his data specialist has been grounded and Sidhu and Pitroda have vanished from the campaign scene. A Rahul aide’s suspicious push for cadre-building on RSS lines too has been blocked.

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    34 Comments on this Story

    allseethru1 346 days ago
    fake Gandhi''s are losers.INDIA WINS FOREVER.
    Ravindran Subramanyam346 days ago
    Rahul Gandhi was a massive failure as a Congress president because of his bankrupted election strategy of "hate Modi and thereby hating India". The Indian electorate in their utter disgust totally rejected a megacorrupt Congress who only thought about self instead of national interests and security. Also Rahul Gandhi calling Modi a chor, Sam Pitroda''s famous remark about 7000 sikhs murdered by Congress in the horrendous Sikh pogrom in Delhi in 1984 as "hua to hua to Kya hua, Pitroda''s doubting of surgical strikes, the repeated pro Pakistani utterances of Congress politicians hugely damaged whatever little credibility they had. An absolute bankruptcy of their election strategy totally ruined Congress in 2019 and no amount of paid journalism will resurrect their doomed electoral fortunes and mass credibility. However, the BJP should stress in proper development and revitalization of national pride and Hindu resurgence and massively develop infrastructure, agriculture, education, industrialization and defence. This only will ensure a stronger victory in the subsequent state and general elections in 2024.
    Jacob Samuel347 days ago
    I am looking in to the other side of the article.The present Congress men stood within the party are aiming to consolidate their position for either protecting their business interest or to build up their own motivations using the cards of caste,religion and other unhealthy practices.Dear Rahulji throw away such politicians and to recruit better professional youngsters irrespective of caste, colour and creed.Build such a Congress and lead the country from upfront.
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