Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot said on Wednesday that the party will analyse the reasons behind people electing the BJP in the Lok Sabha election just a few months after the Congress formed a government in the state.
He said Congress president Rahul Gandhi himself has humbly accepted the people’s mandate but the state leadership will analyse the reasons for the defeat to see where the changes have to be made and what action needs to be taken.
Sachin Pilot has asked party leaders and workers to start a mass contact programme across the state to connect with the people after the massive drubbing it received in the polls.
“I have asked the PCC members to start a mass contact programme in cities, towns, villages and hamlets across the state with immediate effect for connecting people with the Congress party,” he said.
“We have accepted the people’s mandate humbly. Even the Congress president has accepted it. But we will analyse and study the reasons behind people electing the BJP, four to five months after the Congress formed a government in Rajasthan,” Sachin Pilot told reporters after the party’s executive meeting here.
“Congress will definitely introspect it to see where changes and action are required. It will be our effort that Congress gain further strength,” he said.
“This was not the first and the last election. We will again go among the masses and win people’s heart. Congress is ruling the state and our government will fulfil all the expectations of people,” the deputy chief minister said.
In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Congress could not win even a single seat out of the total 25 seats in the state.
Following the poll debacle, Congress President Rahul Gandhi offered to resign from the post, but it was unanimously rejected by the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
Rahul Gandhi had also blamed Gehlot and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for devoting more time in the constituencies of their sons instead of doing more for the party in the elections in which the Congress won just 52 Lok Sabha seats.
Following this, speculations were rife of a leadership change in Rajasthan. Congress leader Lal Chand Kataria has reportedly resigned as Agriculture Minister, citing the rout of the party in the Lok Sabha elections.
However, state party in-charge Avinash Pandey on Wednesday denied the speculations.
Speaking to the media, Pandey said, “There shall be no change in the party leadership in the state.”
When asked him about the resignation letter sent by Cabinet minister Kataria which went viral on social media, he said he has not received any such information about the resignation.
(With agency inputs)