Congress leaders responsible for poll debacle in Kerala: Tariq Anwar

Thiruvananthapuram: AICC general secretary Tariq Anwar, who was in charge of party affairs in Kerala, has named Congress leaders in Kerala responsible for the party’s defeat in the polls. He pointed out this matter in the report filed before the High Command.

“The lapses from the Congress leadership resulted in the fallout of the party in Kerala. The bottom level of the party was not prepared enough to face the LDF in the polls,” pointed out the report.

Tariq Anwar’s report has raised fingers at the state leadership in Kerala.

“The major finding of the report points out at the lack of unity among the Congress leaders. The party failed to create a feeling of unity. Hence, the disharmony reflected among the party workers too. Group leaders also worked as per their wish. All these matters played a major role in the defeat. The leadership was a complete failure in maintaining unity within the party," reported Tariq Anwar.

In the Lok Sabha election, Congress won 19 seats. Congress leaders turned overconfident on this. UDF obtained a huge victory in Kerala hinting that Rahul Gandhi will be the Prime Minister. But most of the leaders found this as a personal achievement. Congress also failed to learn lessons from the LSG defeat. Even after getting time to make a comeback, the state committee was reluctant to act wisely,” observed Tariq Anwar.

It is examined that Congress will have a major reshuffle in the leadership following the submission of the fact-finding committee report. On Tuesday, AICC has formed the fact-finding committee to study the poll debacle in Kerala. A five-member committee headed by Ashok Chavan will carry out the evidence collection. A final decision on change in the Congress leadership in Kerala will be taken after reviewing the report to be submitted within 2 weeks.

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