Rajya Sabha member and former MP of Bhandara-Gondia Praful Patel said Congress’s weak stand on the UPA’s prime ministerial nominee was one of the reasons for the its debacle in the recently-concluded general elections.
Patel, who visited the region for the first time after election results were declared on May 16, said, “No clear stand of the Congress party on UPA prime ministerial candidate against BJP’s Narendra Modi, was one of the reasons behind the defeat of UPA in the Lok Sabha election.” The former Union Civil Aviation minister was recently elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha.
He said Congress failed to take their good work to people and that the then prime minister should have spoken openly at times, when it was required.
On the upcoming assembly election in Maharashtra, Patel said, “Party (NCP) will decide after holding inter-party meetings as to with whom election will be contested. There is no kind of old formula and all talks will be done afresh,” he said.