The Congress party on Friday said it is useless and baseless for people to always blame vice-president Rahul Gandhi and claimed that Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s decision to switch her allegiance from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was expected. “When her father and brother left, it did not have any adverse affect on the party, so I don’t think her exit will now have any sort of effect. It doesn’t bother us at all. I think she should have taken her decision sooner,” Congress MP Sanjay Singh told ANI.
When asked why all rebel members of the party always blame vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s leadership for their exit, Singh said, “It is useless and baseless. They just want to hide their failures by sprouting such useless excuses.”
On Thursday, Rita Joshi had blamed Rahul Gandhi and Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor for her exit. “Prashant Kishor could be a poll manager, but he certainly is not the poll director. But, unfortunately, the entire direction and leadership of the election has been given into his hands. How long we have to walk, when we will stand and sit, all these things were told to us a day before, despite the fact that leaders are grassroot workers. Nothing could be more unfortunate than handing over the party on contract (to Prashant Kishor),” she said, adding that even senior leaders of the Congress are unable to put across their point in the party.”