Own goal

Print edition : June 21, 2019

Maharashtra Pradesh Congess president Ashok Chavan flanked by Sushil Kumar Shinde (left) and Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, at a core committee meeting of the party in Mumbai on March 14. Both Chavan and Shinde lost in the election. On June 4, Vikhe-Patil submitted his resignation as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Photo: Vivek Bendre

NCP president Sharad Pawar, Congress candidate for Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency Urmila Matondkar and Congress leader Ashok Chavan during the campaign in Mumbai on April 28. Photo: ANI

The declining quality of leadership, the failure to cash in on the Maratha vote, and the unwillingness to forge alliances with smaller parties are some of the reasons for the dismal performance of the Congress-NCP combine in the Lok Sabha election.

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