Two days after the Congress lost in the Gujarat assembly elections, but also put up its best performance in over two decades, the Gujarat Congress began its two-day meet to analyse the poll results. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will also meet state party leaders and workers in Ahmedabad on Saturday as a part of exercise.On the first day of the meet, which is being held in Mehsana, Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, Gujarat Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot, and other leaders met with party leaders from 20 districts and discussed the performance in the elections.Discussions with leaders from remaining districts would take place on Thursday. During the discussions, some party leaders blamed poor selection of candidates for the loss, while some attributed it to tampering of Electronic Voting Machines. A few also blamed differences between the party’s leadership for the defeat, while others said how the loss of key leaders hurt the party.Addressing party leaders, Gehlot expressed satisfaction at the party’s performance in the elections and accused BJP of misusing government machinery. “The Congress did well. We could not form the government, but we have been able to send a message that Congress can fight the BJP even in the home state of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he said. Speaking with reporters after the day’s proceedings, Bharatsinh Solanki said that the discussions were not just about the assembly elections, but also to start working for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “We have received various complaints and suggestions. The party will decide on them in due course,” he said. In the election results announced on Monday, the Congress won 77 seats, its best performance in last six elections, while restricting the BJP to 99 seats.RAHUL TO TAKE STOCKCongress president Rahul Gandhi, who had campaigned extensively in the state ahead of the elections, will be in Ahmedabad on December 23 to review the party’s performance. “Rahul ji will meet leaders from the four different zones of the state at GU Convention Hall during the course of the day. In the evening, he will address party workers,” Manish Doshi, Gujarat Congress spokesperson, said.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Cong analyses poll loss, prepares 2019 road map