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Cong’s UP debacle: Ex-MP Sandeep Dikshit opens up

The huge loss of Congress in the Uttar Pradesh elections where it had tied up with ruling SP has left many of its leaders stumped. And one among them is Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit.

He suggested a few things that Congress should do to make a comeback like coming out of the clutches of “party managers” and “rely more on mass leaders.”

“There is a culture in the party that you capture the Congress and Congress will capture the votes for you. The party managers have become stronger than the mass leaders who can get votes,” he said.

Lambasting party managers, the former Delhi MP said: “We (Congress) have leaders with mass base but we do not encourage them. We are only looking at party managers who are patronisers. We are more busy in saving each other than saving the party.”

Son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Sandeep said: “Some kind of introspection must happen more openly this time…It all depends on how we read these results. If we feel satisfied that we are renominated as the prominent opposition party, then we will be in trouble.

“Besides attacking Modi there are various other things and small steps which we need to take.”

The BJP and its allies marched ahead in 305 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh as per trends from all the 403 seats, which showed the SP-Congress coalition leading in 68 places and BSP in only 20, as reported by PTI till the filing of the report.

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