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CWC meet to be held tomorrow to discuss poll debacle in five states

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: After being decimated in the five states that went to polls recently, The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting will be held at 4 pm on Sunday to assess the party’s drubbing in the recently-concluded assembly elections and current political situation. The meeting will be convened by party chief Sonia Gandhi at the AICC office in Delhi, according to sources.

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The meeting comes after the Congress drew a blank in the assembly polls in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

In the meeting, Congress G-23 leaders are set to raise their demand for reforms in the party.

Earlier on Friday, senior leaders of the Congress party who are part of Group 23, who had questioned the party leadership and sought organisational overhaul, met at Ghulam Nabi Azad`s residence and discussed the successive defeats of the party in Assembly and Parliamentary elections. As per sources, the leaders discussed the future and revival of the Congress, which has become even “more marginalised and isolated”. Besides Azad, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, party MPs Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Akhilesh Prasad Singh were present in the meeting.

Congress faced a humiliating defeat in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, losing the state to AAP. Congress’ heavyweights Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu lost their seats. Congress was reduced to 18 seats with a 22.98% vote share while AAP scripted a landmark victory winning 92 constituencies and 42.01% vote share.

Uttar Pradesh
Congress managed to win mere 2 seats in UP and secured 2.33% vote share.

Congress, which had emerged as the largest party in 2017, bagged 11 seats with 23.46% vote share in Goa in 2022.

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Congress failed to upend BJP in Uttarakhand, securing 19 seats and 37.91% vote share.

Congress won 5 seats and 16.83% vote share in the northeast state.

After losing the assembly polls in all five states, Congress had said that the results have come against the party’s expectations. The party had also indicated that the clashing ambitions of its leaders had hurt the prospects of the party in the poll-bound states.

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