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 be taught from it and full alliance formalities effectively prematurely for upcoming meeting polls.
Anwar, get together’s common secretary and a veteran chief from Bihar, acknowledged that there have been shortcomings on account of which the Congress carried out worse than different ‘Mahagathbandhan’ constituents and asserted that the excessive command was critical about an introspection in addition to an intensive evaluation of the outcomes.
In an interview with, Anwar mentioned the Bihar ballot outcomes have been “positively beneath” the Congress’ expectations and it was a setback to bag solely 19 out of the 70 seats it contested.
“There was an atmosphere of change with enthusiasm among the many widespread individuals for it, however we couldn’t exploit that. We had the expectation that with the Congress preventing on 70 seats, it might win not less than 50 per cent of the seats,” the previous Union minister mentioned.
“Our authorities was not fashioned and we (the Congress) even have a duty in that. Going ahead, our efforts will likely be aimed toward strengthening the Congress and the Mahagathbandhan and we’ll make a method for it,” he mentioned.
His remarks assume significance as a number of ballot analysts have acknowledged that the Congress dragged the Mahagathbandhan down because it fell wanting the bulk mark, with the NDA below Nitish Kumar‘s management rising victorious within the polls by a slender margin.
Anwar, who was a member of the get together’s election administration committee, mentioned there ought to be an introspection and “now we have additionally demanded that it ought to occur”.
He mentioned the excessive command was prepared for an introspection and confused the highest management had given all potential assist through the polls with former get together chief Rahul Gandhi additionally holding many public conferences within the state.
“However there have been shortcomings on our half in any other case we should always have gained 35-40 seats. So whether or not there have been shortcomings in organisation or marketing campaign, all of that will likely be mentioned and analysed and it is going to be ascertained why the Congress’ efficiency was not at par with different Mahagathbandhan companions,” he mentioned.
Anwar mentioned the explanations for the beneath par displaying can’t be ascertained instantly, however what was vital was to establish the errors dedicated and make sure that they don’t seem to be repeated within the Meeting elections in 4 states and one Union Territory within the coming months.
“We wish that discussions be held with these concerned on this election, our candidates and District Congress Committees in Bihar and solely then we will attain a conclusion,” the 69-year-old chief, who has gained Lok Sabha polls a number of instances from Bihar’s Katihar, mentioned.
The excessive command is certainly involved over the Bihar outcomes, he asserted.
Requested if delay in firming up the Mahagathbandhan alliance and the seat sharing association harm the ballot efficiency of the Opposition coalition, Anwar mentioned, “Sure, I keep in mind that Rahul ji had mentioned in July itself that we should always end the method of firming up of the alliance and different formalities.”
“Regardless of the purpose, that didn’t occur and you’re proper that there was numerous delay in finalising the alliance and it was sealed when the election was very close to,” he mentioned.
If the formalities had been accomplished earlier, then perhaps the Mahagathbandhan would have gotten the benefit within 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 within the Congress over ticket distribution, Anwar mentioned the get together is assessing what shortcomings have 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 an intensive evaluation.
He mentioned the Congress must be taught shortly from its errors as elections are due in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry subsequent 12 months for which the get together ought to be battle-ready.
“We ought to be prepared beforehand and I agree that if now we have to go for alliances then the formalities of these alliances ought to be accomplished as quickly as potential,” he mentioned.
Anwar rejected the assertion that the Congress had acquired 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 needs to contest “we can’t cease them”, however there’s a “widespread understanding” that AIMIM’s function is in a means to assist the BJP.
“If we’d have moved to guard our standing in Seemanchal and carried out our get together’s actions early, then AIMIM wouldn’t have succeeded there. With the approaching of AIMIM definitely the secular events have been hit and if we have a look at it they’ve gained 5 seats however would have broken the Mahagathbandhan on 15 seats,” Anwar mentioned.
Requested if lack of readability over get together presidency was hurting Congress, Anwar mentioned the get together’s election panel below Madhusudan Mistry has already began the method for getting a full-time president.
As a result of coronavirus pandemic, an AICC session couldn’t be referred to as, however as soon as the scenario stabilises the method will likely be accomplished subsequent 12 months, he mentioned.
RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan gained 110 seats, 12 lower than the magic determine of 122 within the 243-member Bihar Meeting. The NDA gained 125 seats.