Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has expressed his thoughts after his party lost in Bihar Assembly elections. Sibal has said that the people no longer saw the party as an ‘effective alternative’, and that the leadership was not addressing the problems facing the party.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Sibal said: “The people of the country, not just in Bihar but wherever by-elections were held, obviously don’t consider the Congress to be an effective alternative. This is one conclusion. “
Talking about the party’s performance in Bihar and other by-elections, Sibal said, “We lost all the by-elections in Gujarat. Even in the Lok Sabha elections, we had not won a single seat there. In some of the constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress candidates in the by-elections notched up less than 2% of the votes cast. Three of our candidates in Gujarat lost their deposits. So the writing is on the wall. A colleague of mine who is a part of the CWC made a statement the other day that ‘I hope the Congress introspects’.”
Speaking on whether the leadership was taking the Bihar defeat like ‘business as usual’, Sibal said: “I have not heard the leadership tell me anything. So I don’t know. I only hear voices which surround the leadership… We are yet to hear from the Congress party their views on our recent performance in Bihar and in the by-elections. Maybe they think all is well and that it should be business as usual.”