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Karnataka Congress in soul-search after humiliating Lok Sabha defeat

After the humiliating defeat of the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha poll, the party’s fact-finding committee which is vested with the responsibility of analysing the loss and the adopted strategy, will meet at the KPCC office on Monday. The committee has five members including VR Sudarshan as chairman and minister Basavaraj Rayareddy as convenor.

Karnataka Congress in soul-search after humiliating Lok Sabha defeat
Bengaluru, First Published Jun 7, 2019, 6:43 PM IST
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Bengaluru: The Congress who seemed to be at a loss for words after their defeat in the Lok Sabha polls have been left to only look in retrospect. Their recent decision to form a fact-finding committee to analyse their loss is evidence of the fact that the party was taken aback by the massive loss. The five-member committee will meet on Monday to analyse what went wrong during the campaign and then put forth recommendations to the KPCC.  

Speaking to Asianet Newsable, Basavaraj Rayareddy, convenor of the committee said, "This is the first meeting that will be held at the KPCC office. The meeting will be attended by KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao. The committee will analyse losses constituency-wise and meet the concerned leaders and finally put forth recommendations before the KPCC.

To a question on whether this recommendation will also have any bearing on the alliance with the JD(S) due to lack of coordination between coalition partners and anti-party activities during the Lok Sabha campaign, Rayareddy said," It is our duty to send recommendations and it is up to the KPCC to implement. I cannot make any statements regarding the alliance right now."

The committee will tour all the parliamentary constituencies, meet leaders from grassroots to the assembly segment level and obtain information regarding pre-poll preparations for Lok Sabha and seek their advice on further course of action.

Karnataka BJP which is on cloud nine after its good performance which saw the party bagging 25 seats out of 28 in the poll, said their formation of a committee has come when everything has gone out their hands.

"Last time too, after the loss in the assembly election, the Congress conducted reviews and put forth recommendations. Even in 2014, they (Congress) conducted few studies but all their efforts seemed futile." said S Prakash, Spokesperson, Karnataka BJP unit.

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