Only Dandiya, No Raas for Rahul Gandhi

As So­nia & Rahul ac­cept blame for rout, mur­murs rise in party about need for over­haul

The Economic Times - - Front Page -

“We hope that it will not com­pro­mise with so­cial unity and na­tional in­ter­ests. Congress will con­tinue to fight for its prin­ci­ples and will not make any com­pro­mise,” said So­nia Gandhi. But pub­lic state­ments apart, a shocked Congress won­dered how it could have got it all so wrong. Se­nior Congress leader and min­is­ter in the out­go­ing govern­ment Jairam Ramesh ex­pressed sur­prise. “I am sur­prised by the re­sults, es­pe­cially in Te­lan­gana and Jhark­hand. There was clearly a Modi ef­fect.” Some spoke of the need for a dras­tic over­haul, though in­evitably they did not speak on record. Rahul Gandhi’s style of func­tion­ing was cited by many as the pri­mary cause for the party’s dis­mal per­for­mance in the elec­tions. “Rahul Gandhi and his group of young pro­fes­sion­als who led the cam­paign re­lied more on sta­tis­tics and had no clear strat­egy,” a party func­tionary said. Congress’ worst-ever elec­toral de­feat, many in the party be­lieve, was the cul­mi­na­tion of a com­bi­na­tion of many fac­tors.

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