The Hush Post: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will reach Shimla today to review the poll debacle which saw the BJP wresting the state from the party with a comfortable majority in the recently-concluded Assembly elections. Gandhi will meet party legislators, defeated party candidates and district presidents at 11.30 am at the state party headquarters Rajiv Bhawan, and discuss with them the reasons for their defeat. At 2 pm, Rahul Gandhi will also attend a party workers’ meeting. The newly elected Congress president had held a similar post-poll review earlier this week in Gujarat, where the party did make inroads into the BJP bastion but failed to dethrone the BJP, which has been ruling the state for the past 22 years.
Even though outgoing chief minister Virbhadra Singh (Arki) and his son Vikramaditya Singh (Shimla rural) won their respective seats, the party suffered a drubbing in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comfortably beat the Congress, winning 44 of the 68 seats. The Congress won 21 seats in the hill state where it had previously held 36.