Verdict 2019 is also a resounding vote of no confidence in the Congress, its leadership and the narrative it offered to voters. The party has barely managed to improve its tally from its all-time low of 44 seats and 19 per cent vote share in 2014 – it has now won 52 seats while the vote share indicates no change.
Rahul Gandhi has been defeated in the family borough of Amethi and the Congress’s success has been limited to Kerala in the south and Punjab in the north-west. Voters in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, who voted the party into office in assembly elections less than six months ago, have rejected the Rahul Gandhi-led party’s bid for power at the Centre.
But is the Congress willing to read the verdict honestly and act on the message? Soon after the 2014 debacle, the party authorised senior leader, A K Antony, to study the causes of its defeat. Antony submitted a report to then Congress President Sonia Gandhi – nothing has been heard about it since. The leaders who led the Congress to defeat in 2014 continue to manage the party in 2019. It is unlikely that they will be held accountable for the 2019 defeat.…
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