Cong may hold meet in March

The Congress looks to turn a new leaf in the New Year by having its ear to the ground listening to the voice of its grassroots workers.

A brainstorming session is also on the cards in March to decide on the road ahead.
A meeting of the All India Congress Committee has been slotted for March, after the Delhi Assembly elections to re-calibrate the party strategy to take on the challenge put forth by Narendra Modi and an aggressive BJP.

“AICC meeting may tentatively be held in March,” a Congress leader said. The recent miscalculations in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand figure prominently in discussions among senior leaders. Instead of taking on the BJP together with like-minded parties, the Congress was busy fighting its erstwhile allies.

After the declaration of the election results in Jharkhand, the party admitted that it had miscalculated by going it alone in the state where its one-time ally the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha managed to hold on to its ground.

“Had we taken along the JMM in Jharkhand and the NCP in Maharashtra, we would have denied BJP a chance to form the government,” a senior leader said. Even in Haryana, HJC leader Kuldeep Bishnoi was keen on an alliance with the Congress, but the seat adjustments did not materialise.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has directed party leaders to get feedback from district and state-level leaders on the changes they wish to see in the organisation. Rahul wants the senior leaders to ascertain the views of the grassroots on the basic ideals the Congress should not compromise on. He also wants to know whether the workers feel the party had made compromises during its 10-year rule at the Centre.

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