BANGALORE: The Congress high command’s exercise to find reasons for the party’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in the state continued for the second day in New Delhi on Thursday.
Most leaders who expressed their views before the committee headed by A K Antony attributed the defeat to factionalism and internal squabbles in the party.
The committee, which also has as its member AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh who is in charge of party affairs in Karnataka, reportedly sought details of the constituencies where groupism and personal egos of the leaders led to defeat. It also sought to know whether Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s emphasis on AHINDA, a grouping of minorities and backward castes, proved costly for the party. It is believed that this may have alienated major communities like Vokkaligas and Veerashaivas from the Congress. According to party sources, many leaders expressed dismay over the choice of candidates for nomination to the Council and Siddaramaiah’s style of “taking unilateral decisions” without consulting party cadres. They also felt that women were not given proper representation.
The sources said party bosses expressed concern at the party losing its traditional base among dalits.