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Tharoor meets Sonia, says Cong ‘determined to move ahead’ after Kerala drubbing

Tharoor meets Sonia, says Cong ‘determined to move ahead’ after Kerala drubbing

New Delhi : Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her official 10, Janpath residence here to discuss the results of the recent Kerala Assembly polls where the party-led UDF faced a major setback.

Talking to the media after the nearly one-hour long meeting, Tharoor asserted the party leadership is determined to move forward with constructive and positive action.

“Having had a serious 50-minute discussion with the party president, I don’t want to discuss the content of what we said, but it is very clear that the party leadership takes extremely seriously the election results and has determination to move forward with constructive and positive action,” Tharoor told the media after the meeting.

He further said doubts that the Congress leadership is not prepared to understand the implication of everything that has happened can be clearly dispelled.

“I am very struck by the determination of the leadership to confront the challenges facing the party and to overcome it,” Tharoor added.

Earlier, Tharoor had expressed disappointment over his party’s dismal performance in Kerala and said that the UDF government led by Oommen Chandy did not do enough to change the people’s perception in wake of media speculation about the scandals.

Chandy said that the poll outcome was a “setback” and they had not expected such a defeat.

After resigning from his post on May 20th, Chandy exuded confidence and said that the Congress will face no problem in returning to power as the vote share of BJP in the state hasn’t increased much.

The CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) returned to power in Kerala with a comfortable majority giving a huge blow to the UDF, while the BJP created history making its debut. In the 140-member assembly, the LDF won 91 seats, UDF 47, BJP and Independents one each. (ANI)