For India's Congress Party this was to be a much awaited introspective session to mull reasons behind its biggest ever election defeat in country’s history. In a parliament of 543 seats, once a might party that ruled India for over 5 decades, Congress Party has been reduce to meager 44 members.
During one of these high-level meetings a party top brass seems to have found the real reason behind the disastrous defeat.
Not widespread public dissatisfaction with government policies, lawlessness or rampant corruption; Not even party's uncharismatic candidate Rahul Gandhi.
No, it is the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
You heard it right! According to a report published in country's leading news outlet, in a closed session on Monday the General Secretary of Congress Party's Executive Committee Mohan Prakash blamed Mossad of colluding with the opposition in order to bring down the government. Prakash failed to explain how Mossad was able to move hundreds of millions of voters across the subcontinent to cast their ballots against the government.
Later, when confronted by reporters, Prakash refused to confirm or deny his statement, maintaining the confidential nature of the inner-party meetings.
The Congress Party's list of scapegoats is long, but fails to include the party's own leadership. The party leaders also blamed the Japanese ad agency Dentsu, they hired to run a $85 million campaign. The public relations giant Burson-Marsteller too is under fire. The PR-agency apparently failed to polish the image the party’s top candidate Rahul Gandhi.
After 50 years of failed governance in India, the Congress Party is once again missing an opportunity of sincerely reflecting on its mistakes and offering a credible political alternative for the future. The level of inner-party debate suggests that the Party has learned very little from its recent electoral debacle.