After a disappointing performance in an election the first thing that any political party does is organise a review meeting where the reasons for the failure are discussed. Similarly Congress’ defeat in one of the most politically crucial states of Uttar Pradesh was discussed in a two day review meeting held in Delhi. Speculations are rife that a massive reshuffle is expected in the state Congress. Only time will tell what kind of changes does the party make, but one thing is clear that the reason for the defeat has not been adequately discussed. If the party high command pins all the blame on the state Congress, then it is really shying away from the truth. The defeat in Uttar Pradesh to some extent should be attributed to the central leadership as well. The fact that some leaders were given a free hand in ticket distribution and the unwarranted remarks made by senior leaders, proved to be damaging for the party. On the other hand, the minority quota row and corruption charges against the Centre took a toll on party’s prospects in the state. The common man was of the view that a party that cannot give an effective government at the Centre and is plagued with allegations of corruption would never be able to provide good governance in the state.  

No matter what the Congress strategists think, but the poor performance of the party is not going to take them anywhere. The Congress needs to focus on other states as well and not on UP alone. Post elections the Congress is battling with severe infighting within the party cadres. If the Congress wants to emerge as a strong force it is important that the party holds review meetings before every election and not after it. This becomes more important as there seems to be a lack of good leaders in the Congress stronghold states. It is heartening to know that Rahul Gandhi is trying to instill a different work culture within his party cadres but there is not much being done in this direction.