Delay in finalising seat sharing for the Bihar election adversely impacted the Mahagathbandhan’s ballot efficiency, senior Congress chief Tariq Anwar mentioned on Sunday, asserting that the Congress should study from it and full alliance formalities properly in advance for upcoming meeting polls.
Anwar, get together’s normal secretary and a veteran chief from Bihar, acknowledged that there have been shortcomings as a result of which the Congress carried out worse than different ‘Mahagathbandhan’ constituents and asserted that the excessive command was severe about an introspection in addition to a radical evaluation of the outcomes.
In an interview with, Anwar mentioned the Bihar ballot outcomes had been “definitely below” the Congress’ expectations and it was a setback to bag solely 19 out of the 70 seats it contested.
“There was an environment of change with enthusiasm among the common people for it, but we could not exploit that. We had the expectation that with the Congress fighting on 70 seats, it would win at least 50 per cent of the seats,” the previous Union minister mentioned.
“Our government was not formed and we (the Congress) also have a responsibility in that. Going forward, our efforts will be aimed at strengthening the Congress and the Mahagathbandhan and we will make a strategy for it,” he mentioned.
His remarks assume significance as a number of ballot analysts have said that the Congress dragged the Mahagathbandhan down because it fell in need of the bulk mark, with the NDA underneath Nitish Kumar‘s management rising victorious in the polls by a slender margin.
Anwar, who was a member of the get together’s election administration committee, mentioned there must be an introspection and “we have also demanded that it should happen”.
He mentioned the excessive command was prepared for an introspection and confused the highest management had given all attainable help through the polls with former get together chief Rahul Gandhi additionally holding many public conferences in the state.
“But there have been shortcomings on our part otherwise we should have won 35-40 seats. So whether there were shortcomings in organisation or campaign, all of that will be discussed and analysed and it will be ascertained why the Congress’ performance was not at par with other Mahagathbandhan partners,” he mentioned.
Anwar mentioned the explanations for the beneath par exhibiting can’t be ascertained instantly, however what was vital was to determine the errors dedicated and be sure that they don’t seem to be repeated in the Assembly elections in 4 states and one Union Territory in the approaching months.
“We want that discussions be held with those involved in this election, our candidates and District Congress Committees in Bihar and only then we can reach a conclusion,” the 69-year-old chief, who has gained Lok Sabha polls a number of occasions from Bihar’s Katihar, mentioned.
The excessive command is certainly involved over the Bihar outcomes, he asserted.
Asked if delay in firming up the Mahagathbandhan alliance and the seat sharing association hurt the ballot efficiency of the Opposition coalition, Anwar mentioned, “Yes, I remember that Rahul ji had said in July itself that we should finish the process of firming up of the alliance and other formalities.”
“Whatever the reason, that did not happen and you are right that there was a lot of delay in finalising the alliance and it was sealed when the election was very near,” he mentioned.
If the formalities had been accomplished earlier, then perhaps the Mahagathbandhan would have gotten the benefit in the election marketing campaign, Anwar mentioned.
Alliance contradictions want a while to be ironed out and we didn’t get that point, he mentioned.
On rumblings in the Congress over ticket distribution, Anwar mentioned the get together is assessing what shortcomings had been there.
The excessive command is prepared for introspection, however there are Diwali and Chhat festivals, after which senior observers of the get together could also be despatched to the state for a radical evaluation.
He mentioned the Congress must study shortly from its errors as elections are due in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry subsequent yr for which the get together must be battle-ready.
“We should be ready beforehand and I agree that if we have to go for alliances then the formalities of those alliances should be completed as soon as possible,” he mentioned.
Anwar rejected the assertion that the Congress had received extra seats than its capability to battle and mentioned the get together had the energy to contest on 70 seats.
On All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) denting the Mahagathbandhan, Anwar mentioned if any political get together desires to contest “we cannot stop them”, however there’s a “common understanding” that AIMIM’s function is in a approach to assist the BJP.
“If we would have moved to protect our standing in Seemanchal and carried out our party’s activities early, then AIMIM would not have succeeded there. With the coming of AIMIM certainly the secular parties have been hit and if we look at it they have won five seats but would have damaged the Mahagathbandhan on 15 seats,” Anwar mentioned.
Asked if lack of readability over get together presidency was hurting Congress, Anwar mentioned the get together’s election panel underneath Madhusudan Mistry has already began the method for getting a full-time president.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an AICC session couldn’t be referred to as, however as soon as the state of affairs stabilises the method can be accomplished subsequent yr, he mentioned.
RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan gained 110 seats, 12 lower than the magic determine of 122 in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. The NDA gained 125 seats.