Congress president Rahul along with Priyanka, Scindia visits families of Pulwama martyrs in western UP
Communal polarization, fielding "outsiders" as candidates and a weak organisation led to the Congress rout in western Uttar Pradesh, several party leaders told General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia here on Tuesday.
The party's Lok Sabha candidates, district Presidents, MLAs, former Ministers, ex-MPs and ex-MLAs of Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Aligarh, Nagina, Kairana, Bulandshahr and Meerut took part in the post-mortem with Scindia.
Scindia was in charge of western Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections but the Congress drew a blank in the entire region. In the whole of Uttar Pradesh, only UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi won a seat for the Congress -- in Rae Bareli.
The leader said Scindia met leaders from the 10 districts separately.
"The leaders pointed out how the BJP polarized Hindus and Muslims during the elections," the leader said requesting anonymity.
District chiefs and party candidates apprised Scindia how the voters went away from the party after the Indian Air Force bombed a terrorist camp in Balakot in Pakistan on February 26, a development that fetched rich dividends for the BJP.
After the air strike, the BJP raked up the issue of nationalism and a strong leader, pulling away Congress votes.
The party leaders also blamed the weak organisation in several districts.
Scindia was told that the Congress lacked a strong set-up even at the block level in every district.
There was another complaint: "outsiders" were given ticket, ignoring old loyalists.
This was Scindia's first meeting with the party's candidates after the Lok Sabha election disaster.
Congress General Secretary and in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi will hold a review meeting with party leaders in Rae Bareli during her two-day tour that began on Tuesday.
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