New Delhi: Despite the concerted efforts of the Congress party to revive its lost ground in the largest populous state, the party has failed miserably.  The poll results have once again proved that infighting within the Congress persists.

Hugely disappointed with its performance, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi in an attempt to insulate Rahul Gandhi from being targeted for the poll debacle, said, “The distrust is not towards Rahul, mistakes and nepotism in the ticket distribution is reason behind this fiasco.”

The Congress with an aim of forming government in UP, had started preparations way back in 2009 but it faced with internal conflicts.

Top party leaders including Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Digvijay Singh and Pramod Tiwari are of the view that the defeat was due to discrimination in ticket distribution and differences within party leadership. Congress’s Kurmi face Beni Prasad Verma and its Dalit poster-leader PL Punia were seen engaged in a power tussle.

In Punjab, the Congress once against lost an opportunity to form the government. Congress’ top leaders Captain Amrinder Singh and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal were seen fighting for their kin’s name in the list of the Congress nominees. This severely  dented the party’s image.
In Uttarakhand, the Congress somehow managed to emerge victorious despite projecting several faces for the coveted post. Prominent Dalit leader of the Congress Yashpal Arya, former Chief Minister ND Tiwari, Union Minister Harish Rawat, Harak Singh Rawat and senior party leader Indira Hridayesh were seen involved in war of words.