Congress panel meets party candidates from Saurashtra to discuss defeat in Gujarat polls

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A three-member committee of the Congress on Tuesday met the party’s candidates from the Saurashtra region to brainstorm on the defeat in the Gujarat assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the maximum number of 156 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly elections held in December.

A three-member committee of the Congress on Tuesday met the party’s candidates from the Saurashtra region to brainstorm on the defeat in the Gujarat assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the maximum number of 156 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly elections held in December. The Congress, on the other hand, got 17 seats (27.28 percent of the vote), the party’s worst performance in the state since 1960. The Congress had won 77 seats in the 2017 elections, of which 28 were from the Saurashtra region.

Talking to reporters, Congress Maharashtra unit leader Nitin Raut said that the fact-finding committee has to prepare a report on the reasons for the party’s defeat in the assembly elections and suggest ways to strengthen the organization in the days to come. Apart from Nitin Raut, the committee includes Shakeel Ahmed Khan and Saptagiri Sankar Ulka. The committee was constituted on January 4 and has been asked to submit its report to the party within two weeks.

Raut said, “We started our first phase of meeting on Monday and today is the last day of the first phase. We are meeting the candidates and getting all the information.” Party spokesperson Manish Doshi said on the second day of the meeting, around 30 candidates from Saurashtra met the panel at Rajiv Bhavan here. Doshi said, “The committee has met more than 70 candidates in two days, out of which 30 are from Saurashtra. The committee will meet the rest of the candidates after three days and then meet the leaders of the organization.” Former MLA Virji Thummar said the party had failed to tell the people of the state about the BJP’s failures in the last 27 years.

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