“This is something we will have to discuss within and decide. We have to sit down and look at the situation and results in every state and then together work out a plan to correct the mistakes that we have made,” Gandhi said.
She was talking to reporters at the AICC headquarters here after reviewing the party’s performance in her one to one meeting with Congress office bearers.
“Every election is a lesson for us. Whether we win or lose, every election has a lesson for us,” she said.
“Many voters from Goa were unhappy with us and they voted against us,” Gandhi said. There is a view in the party that controversies surrounding the issue of illegal mining and the allegations against its Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was one reason why the party lost there.
While admitting that wrong choice of candidates resulted in setting up rebel candidates in many constituencies that led to the defeat of official party nominees, she said, “We did have better hopes for Punjab.”
To a question on whether it was lack of leaders that damaged party in these elections, a smiling Gandhi said, “rather than lack of leadership, too many leaders is perhaps our problem.”
- India’s Sonia Gandhi vows to ‘correct mistakes’ (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Sonia Gandhi admits mistakes as party recovers from disastrous state elections (telegraph.co.uk)
- Sonia rules out damage to UPA in the wake of poll verdicts (thehindu.com)
- We have to pull up our socks, says Sonia – Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)