Congress Now Blames Analysts and Strategists for Loss

GHAZIABAD, INDIA - MARCH 18, 2007: Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign rally at Muradnagar, on March 18, 2007 in Ghaziabad, India. (Photo by Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Is this hard to believe? The Congress party seems to be suggesting that party president Rahul Gandhi was let down by his strategy, analytics and social media team which predicted a win in 160-185 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, only to be way off the mark when the results came in.

A report published in the Sunday Guardian claimed that two key aides – Pradeep Chakravarty and Divya Spandana – had gone missing post the party’s capitulation to the Narendra Modi-led NDA, which not only retained a majority but substantially improved the BJP’s strength in the Parliament.

The report claimed that the offending officials hadn’t provided data from the project in a permanent form (of a hard disk perhaps) for which they reportedly charged Rs 24 crore. The article goes on to quote unnamed senior leaders to suggest that Chakravarty was a mole of the BJP in the Congress camp.

The article elaborates in great detail the events that supposedly took place prior to the counting where Rahul called MK Stalin to join his cabinet, prepared drafts staking claim to government formation, planned for a press conference post the results and a victory rally of sorts in Delhi. All of which was done supposedly on the basis of the analytics team’s reports.

The contents of the new article appears to suggest that the Gandhi family felt “cheated” by so-called “smooth-talking individuals”, once again reiterating that the grand old party hasn’t learnt any lessons from its 2014 debacle and continues to find fault with others in the system.

What is intriguing is that the Congress seems to be intent on parking the blame for their debacle at every doorstep other than where it deserves to be. The tirade against party workers by Priyanka Gandhi was yet another case in point. The party is busy leaking news to the media that suggests that Rahul Gandhi is more wronged than wrong.

In corporate parlance, the person who takes responsibility for an organization’s well-being is the chief executive officer, or the person who runs the show. In this case, it was Rahul Gandhi, who came back rejuvenated from a foreign jaunt and did his bit with some aggressive campaigning in the lead-up to the seven-phase elections.

If analytics or the social media team have let him down, it is for Rahul Gandhi to accept his errors and move on. Which appears to be exactly what he is keen on doing, though his detractors may argue that the Congress President appears to be throwing tantrums instead of stating his desires and goals clearly so that the party isn’t left speculating.

He could take a cue from the BJP which brought in Amit Shah into the governance mode and quickly announced a working president to look after day to day affairs of the party, while the man credited with the party’s rising fortunes over the past two elections continues to hold forth on strategic affairs.

It is hardly surprising that Congress insiders are resorting to all possible tricks to ensure that Rahul Gandhi retracts his decision to quit presidentship, given that the Gandhi family is the glue that holds the various factions of the party together. There is no way the party’s power brokers can hope to keep the party intact without a Gandhi name.

Enterprises often face similar situations where data analytics could prove erroneous and social media algorithms end up making us believe what we want to. The only honorable means for a CEO who has missed the target is to own up, thank his team and move on, not necessarily out of the organization but take on a different role, maybe one that offers a wider and broader scope.

However, given the Congress culture of Gandhi-worship, the chance of an open discussion and acceptance of issues that resulted in the debacle appears remote.

No surprises that Priyanka Gandhi is now asking party workers to think 2028!