‘Do not blame only Rahul for defeat, we all took decisions’

'Senior leaders who were and are a part of the decision-making process can sit with Sonia and Rahul rather than telling that to press'

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published: September 2, 2014 1:20 am

Knives are out in the Congress with those considered close to vice-president Rahul Gandhi hitting back at his in-house critics. AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry led the fightback telling “senior leaders” that they cannot distance themselves from the election defeat by simply blaming the vice-president as they “were and are” part of the decision-making process. He also slammed the leaders for airing their “thoughts and ideas” before the media.

“Senior leaders who have easy accessibility to the Congress president and vice-president and who were and are a part of the decision-making process and expresses their ideas and thoughts without any hesitation or fear before the Congress president and vice-president can sit with them and air their views rather than telling that to the press in public,” Mistry told The Indian Express.

Mistry did not name any leader merely, referring to “senior leaders”. His remarks, however, came close on the heels of general secretary Digvijaya Singh’s comment that Rahul should be more visible and heard more. Speaking to The Sunday Express, he had also argued that Rahul’s silence contributed to the party’s loss in the war of perception. Weeks before, his colleague Janardan Dwivedi had argued that the party should be able to listen and not just make others listen. Days before, he wanted fixing of the age-limit for holding active posts in the party.

Mistry said it was the prerogative of the Congress president to decide her team, virtually rejecting Dwivedi’s suggestion that age should be factored in while picking the team. He went on to say, “He (Rahul) is blamed for losing the elections. Out of 206 sitting MPs, five or six were not given tickets. The rest 200 or so were given tickets and why 180 sitting MPs lost. He (Rahul) was not involved in that. He did not make that decision. It was the Congress Election Committee which decided that.”

When pointed out that many are criticising his style of functioning, Mistry shot back saying: “Why can’t they tell him all this in person…What I don’t understand is the need for making such statements.”

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  1. S
    Sep 2, 2014 at 10:10 am
    Forthe last sixty plus years, Indiawas governed by anti-Hindu, anti-national congress party. It is absolutelyright time to wipe out pro-Islamic policies of Nehru & the dynasty. Corruptionis rampant in India.Criminal, inept politicians are determining the destiny of Hindus. Economy isin ruin. Indian rupee value is plummeting. India is made to go down hill in agarbage pit fast by the criminal politicians. India is the only country in theworld where national betrayers are allowed to rule the majority. Hinduselect them, & retain them. How do we manage Indian society who was underthe control of brutal Muslims & Christians for thousands of years. It is abig question Hindus around the world have to answer. Simply continue to operateunder a system created & sustained by Muslims & converted Christians& Marxist criminals is no for the majority. I hope that Hindus will votefor MODI as the next prime minister for India. MODI can come up withethical component in government. Those who made enormous money by corruptmeans s should not be allowed to enjoy their life. These criminal politiciansact without fear, remorse, conscience & empathy. They ought to be treatedas common criminals. Hindus need to wake up, joins together, & vote for BJPin all the coming elections.
    1. C
      C. Jabilli
      Sep 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm
      Such politicians are in BJP too. A trillion dollar question is:How can BJP get rid of them?
      1. C
        Sep 3, 2014 at 12:05 am
        Mistry, Digggy, Tiwari Singhvi all are free and lots of time to spend in praising RG and SG.