Congress fact-finding panel begins review of party’s poor show in Lok Sabha elections

The Congress hoped to win anywhere between 12 to 14 seats since the party's graph was up following its sensational victory in the Assembly elections in November-December, last year.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jul 11, 2024 | 10:43 PM Updated Jul 11, 2024 | 10:43 PM

Congress fact-finding panel begins review of party’s poor show in Lok Sabha elections

In an attempt to the address the gray areas in the Telangana Congress that had led to a dismal show in the recent Lok Sabha elections, a fact-finding committee headed by senior leader and former deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien, on Thursday, 11 July, began eliciting opinions from leaders including those who contested in the polls to the Lower House.

Of the 17 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress could win only eight, while the BJP won an equal number of seats and the AIMIM retained Hyderabad.

Though it was an improvement over the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when it won only three seats, the party high command had expected more from Telangana this time, as the winds were blowing in its favour, with BRS having been battered in the recent Assembly elections.

The Congress hoped to win anywhere between 12 to 14 seats since the party’s graph was up following its sensational victory in the Assembly elections in November-December, last year.

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‘BRS and BJP had a covert understanding’

Besides Kurien, the fact-finding committee comprised  MLAs Rakibul Hussain from Assam and Pargat Singh from Punjab. It is one of the six committees that AICCC president Mallikarjun Kharge constituted to probe reasons for the party’s show in the recent elections in some states.

Bhongir MP Chamala Kiran Kumar Reddy told the committee members that although the Congress could have won 12 to 13 seats, it fell short because in some constituencies, the BRS and the BJP had a covert understanding, which led to the saffron party winning eight seats.

He said that in some Assembly segments, the BRS polled fewer votes than in the Assembly elections, which is evidence of the BRS helping the BJP.

After the Congress came to power in the Assembly elections, the BRS helped the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls to occupy second position as part of a deal that had been struck between the two parties.

As the elections turned into a Congress versus BJP contest, the BRS, with an intention to harm Congress prospects, ended up helping the BJP, as it was not in a position to rise on its own.

Kadiyam Kavya, who won the Lok Sabha election from Warangal, shared her perspective on the party’s weaknesses to the media.

Others who gave their opinion included Danam Nagender, who lost the election from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency and state Congress Working President and MLC Mahesh Kumar Goud.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)

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