Congress' Manish Tewari Calls For Revisiting Ideological Space Lost To AAP

10/02/2015 3:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 17: Union MoS, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari after attending interim budget session on February 17, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Chidambaram unveiled a conservative budget for the government’s remaining time in office through May. He said the government has narrowed its fiscal deficit and pledged to keep government spending at the same level. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- With Congress decimated in Delhi elections, its senior leader Manish Tewari today said the party's "ideological construct" needs to be revisited as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has eaten up the space.

The former Union Minister also felt that the outcome of the polls could have been different if the campaign had been carried out collectively by his party. "You will need to go and revisit your ideological construct because for 10 years you built left of the centre idealogical construct... Despite an ideological construct which was left to the centre, which was buttressed by a very very strong legislative action, you still have a situation where the AAP has taken over space," he said.

"That calls for a serious introspection on how get back the left to centre space back," he added. He insisted that the setback for Congress, which failed to get even one seat, could not attributed to individuals. There were 70 seats at stake.

"If collectively everybody would have been pitched into the campaign, it would have possibly made a difference," Tewari said.

Congress, which ruled the national capital for 15 years till December 2013, suffered a humiliating defeat as it was not able to even open its account in the polls to 70 Assembly constituencies.

Congress general secretary Ajay Maken, who was the party's face in the Delhi polls today resigned from the post, taking moral responsibility for the humiliating defeat at the hustings. "I take moral responsibility for the party's defeat in Delhi assembly polls," he told reporters.

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