Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Congress General Secretary and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh today said he admitted his own responsibility for the party’s debacle in the recently-concluded state assembly elections.
“I cannot speak about others. However, I admit my own responsibility,” said Mr Singh while replying to queries by mediapersons in this regard.
He said he had assessed that the Congress would emerge victorious from 110-120 constituencies. However, the party performed poorly in the Malwa-Nimar region but the result was satisfactory in Gwalior, Bundelkhand and Rewa regions. “Poll results have brought great disappointment. This kind of result was not expected. However, victory and defeat are part of elections. Congress party has the power to fight for the people even after losing,” he asserted.
Observing that the reasons behind the defeat were a matter for introspection, Mr Singh said, “We would like to discuss with every candidate the reasons behind the defeat.”
Denying the polls being swept by any kind of wave, he said, “Every seat showed a distinct character and threw up a different result. Elections have become more like panchayat elections these days with a candidate with more mass contact coming up victorious.”
Mr Singh pointed out that his own son Jayvardhan won from Raghogarh on the basis of this strength. He admitted that declaring candidates with more time in hand would have provided better results. “It would be better if candidates are declared 3-4 months before the general elections,” he felt.
On several party leaders bkan him for the Congress’ poor showing, Mr Singh said that he has been often used as a “punching bag” but he has never retaliated because he had the capacity to take the punches and come back stronger.
He said he had been made a butt of allegations earlier also. However, it was for the party’s leadership to decide whether these charges are true.