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Congress Party – Fall & Way Forward

A SALT Feature


The historic and sweeping mandate given to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – the right-of-the-centre nationalist party - in the country's general election 2014, certainly made it Narendra Modi’s year.

However, Congress saw its worst-ever election result. The party won just 44 seats in India's 543-member parliament. Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, the two senior-most figures in the party, offered to resign, but the Congress Working Committee refused to accept their resignation. 

A party that won seven out of India’s first eight elections, Congress’ crushing defeat in the 2014 elections stunned even its severest critics. Their defeat has been attributed to inflation, corruption scandals, and a sharp economic slowdown. Or did they fail to connect with the restless 150 million first-time eligible voters, hungry for opportunities?

SALT met with two eminent leaders of the Congress party – Dr Shashi Tharoor, and Mr. Manish Tewari -for their views on the party’s poor performance in the 2014 general Elections, and the course-correction required for the way forward.



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