NEW DELHI: After the Congress troika, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi, seated next to one another at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet made the right noises and the collective unison cried in protest rejecting their offer of resignation or the magnanimous attempt to own up responsibility for the humiliating drubbing in the LS polls, a resolution was duly adopted.
In what appeared to be a pre-scripted text that blamed none and steered clear of any attempt at self-flagellation, Monday’s CWC resolution, three days after the resounding defeat, expressed “humility” in accepting the “verdict of the people in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha”.
Since there was no one to hail, and certainly not the leadership, the CWC found in the faceless Congress worker an escape route, bestowing on them what they could not on themselves. The recognition of “untiring and selfless work of lakhs of Congress workers”, which “the outcome of the elections” indeed was “a matter of great disappointment”, did not match.
Since no one was going to face the axe, the “CWC”, thereupon, acknowledged “full responsibility for the result of the elections” and promised the party worker “we shall, collectively, take corrective steps in order to win back the support of the people”.
Curiously, the resolution took credit for ushering in “profound change” in the country--”rapid growth, empowerment of people and high expectations” --achievements that finally blew the party out of power!
So, one CWC meeting was obviously not enough to analyse the enormity of change, more “introspections” will follow. That was another promise.
Quite grandiosely, “both the government and the party” again shared the “responsibility for the failure” to read the pulse of the people.
More promises followed: “corrective measures would be taken at the level of the party and the state governments formed by the Congress”.