The abysmal debacle in the crucial assembly polls of five states has put the Congress party in a state of vulnerability as the party's political territory has been shrinking across the country. The results of the assembly polls of five states were made official on Thursday in which the BJP has won and retained its reign in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur while Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party has won big in Punjab by ousting the Congress regime.
The debacle has become yet another major suffering for the Congress party warranting an immediate introspection of the intra-party political crisis and fixing them ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls while the BJP has gained an advantage to hit the general elections with its power retention. For Congress, it was a shock that the party has won only two seats out of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh and while it was believed that Congress will sweep Goa, voters' verdict has put the state back in the BJP's kitty.
Following the defeat, the call for leadership reformation in the Congress party has been growing. Senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor has on Thursday - March 10 said that it is time to reaffirm the idea of India that the Congress has stood for and reform the party's organizational leadership in a manner that will reignite those ideas and inspire the people. It must be noted that Tharoor was one among the Group 23 leaders who had written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi urging the reformation in leadership.
Taking to Twitter, Tharoor said, "All of us who believe in @INCINdia are hurting from the results of the recent assembly elections. It is time to reaffirm the idea of India that the Congress has stood for and the positive agenda it offers the nation...And to reform our organizational leadership in a manner that will reignite those ideas and inspire the people." "One thing is clear-- Change is unavoidable if we need to succeed", Tharoor added.
Reacting to a tweet that said that BJP has won the polls on the factors of good governance and welfare schemes, Tharoor said, "It was also of unemployment, inflation, and bodies floating down the Ganga, thanks to the mismanagement of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic." On the other hand, BJP has created history in Uttar Pradesh by winning the elections for the second consecutive term for the first time in three decades.