Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 17:
Senior Odisha Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, who lost by a narrow margin in the Brahmagiri Assembly constituency, today said the party had never contested the elections with a view to win and that the spiritless commanders of the party had made little effort to mobilize the cadre.
“All the Congress candidates, who have emerged victorious in the elections, had fought on their own. There was no push or assistance from Congress at all. The so-called big leaders of state Congress were confined to their own constituencies and busy protecting their own interests, and this led to the devastation,” said Mohapatra in his reaction to the party’s drubbing at teh hustings.
The Congress leader attributed the defeat to lack of coordination among the leaders, absence of strategy and lackluster leadership.
“There is always a need to prepare a strategy and build up a fighting spirit among partymen before contesting any elections. Neither was there any strategy, nor any spirit or effort among the leadership. The leaders, who are at the helm of state affairs, did not appear to have the will to fight, something that could have turned the tables on the ruling party,” he said.
Reacting to the PCC president Jaydev Jena’s statement owning up the responsibility for the worst-ever performance of party in the state, he said ” someone who can not deliver should not accept positions of responsibility.
The Congress has drawn a blank in the Lok Sabha polls while it has secured only 16 seats in the Assembly elections.
Angry and hurt, a whole lot of Congress leaders and workers are gearing up to take on the state leadership at the first opportunity, which will in all probability be the customary post-poll review and introspection meeting.