Only Dandiya, No Raas for Rahul Gandhi
As Sonia & Rahul accept blame for rout, murmurs rise in party about need for overhaul
“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.