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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

IndiaToday: Congress feels it can win 170 Lok Sabha seat

It must be kept in mind that the Congress has probably the best in-house psephology unit, that even put big name pollsters to shame. In 2009, while all media house, pollsters fell by the way side, Congress exit polls hit the bullsye!

(Kumar Anshuman in IndiaToday) In the 2009 General Elections, the Congress had won 206 seats but the party is not confident of repeating the success this year.

The strong anti-incumbency and voters attraction towards BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has forced the Congress to rethink on the numbers. 

An inside report of the party suggests that it can win 170 Lok Sabha seats if the party manages to do aggressive campaigning. Accordingly, the Congress has identified these 170 constituencies and the focus is to capture the pulse of the voter on a daily basis.

A team has been formed under Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala to closely monitor the constituencies. The team starts working at 8 am by calling the district Congress presidents of the constituencies, followed by a call with the Congress candidate.

The daily campaign schedule of the Congress as well as Opposition parties is collected from the constituencies. A final call is made in the evening to check the progress on the campaign and a daily report for every constituency is prepared. A copy of the report is being sent to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's residence-cum-office at 12 Tughlaq Lane, party chief Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath and Congress war room at 15 GRG Road.

Recommendations are also made in the report regarding fielding star campaigners of the party in the required regions.

After the second phase of elections on April 10, the party is planning to deploy more leaders and filmstars in the remaining constituencies and the daily report is proving to be helpful in identifying trouble areas.
"Sonia-ji and Rahul-ji are our star campaigners but we have other leaders too who will campaign aggressively. A daily report helps us in resource mobilisation," said a party leader.
This is also a system to be in touch with the candidate throughout the election to avoid any last minute shifting to other parties as it happened in case of Gautam Buddh Nagar candidate Ramesh Chand Tomar who defected to the BJP after filing his nomination papers.

Congress leaders still believe that if party workers are taken care of and mobilised properly, the party might perform better in the upcoming election despite the anti-Congress sentiment.

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