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The AICC panel looking into the party's rout moots the alliance mantra

Analyse This
Analyse This
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Many Congressmen may still be coming to terms with the idea of sharing power, but the party is willy-nilly being propelled in that direction. At least that seems to be the crux of the analysis of AICC statisticians dissecting the party's rout in the recent assembly elections. The main reason cited for the massive erosion of the Congress support base is the fracturing of the non-BJP vote.

The statistical exercise—the first detailed effort undertaken by the AICC (made available to Outlook)—shows the party would have performed better in alliances with smaller parties, particularly the BSP. The AICC analysis has provided ammunition for the pro-alliance lobby, but still the five-member panel set up to probe the reasons for defeat is headed by veteran Pranab Mukherjee, a die-hard member of the anti-alliance group. The other members are P.R. Das Munshi, Mani Shankar Aiyer (pro-) and Prithviraj Chauhan (anti-) and Vijay Handique (neutral). Pranab now admits there are strong possibilities for alliances in Maharashtra (NCP), Tamil Nadu (DMK), AP (Telangana Rashtriya Samiti)...
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