The situation is worrisome for the Congress as it is not only lagging behind in election campaigning but also seems to have lost its ground in several constituencies considered to be its stronghold.

Sources said that party is not in a better position in any state except Punjab. The grand old party is also facing erosion in vote bank Karnataka, while it’s facing internal bickering in the states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The lack of co-ordination and absence of consensus on key issues among the party members have failed to project the party as an entity in the poll battle.

The lengthy deliberations and frequent consultations with party high command over ticket distribution and election strategy seem to have taken a heavy toll on the party’s campaign. This delay has sent the Congress in thinking mode, where the party leadership is introspecting its weaknesses.

The party leaders are not questioning the Rahul’s leadership but at the same time, they feel that it was wrong to go to polls without naming Rahul as prime ministerial candidate.

Sonia Gandhi has hinted to lead party campaign from the front. The party is mulling over scheduling more election rallies of Sonia.

But this will be done keeping her health conditions into mind, party sources said adding that poll campaigning under Sonia’s leadership may up the Congress’ chances of winning more seats in the elections.

JPN/Bureau

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