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Milind Deora under fire from Congress leaders for targeting Rahul’s advisors

Deora had earlier said that Rahul Gandhi's advisers did not have their "ears to the ground"

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2014 5:12 pm

As the blame game continued in Congress over its worst ever poll debacle in Lok Sabha elections, Milind Deora, who had questioned the role of Rahul Gandhi’s advisors as well as “those who take the advice” has come under fire from party leaders.

“Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. The same people, who are now speaking out were, before May 16, very comfortable with all those whom they are speaking against now. They are young people. They have not seen defeat. So they will learn from the defeat,” party general secretary Digvijay Singh said, without naming Deora, a former Union Minister who lost his election from Mumbai south.

“I would not like to name the persons but some of these people, who are criticising now were on a regular email and SMS and direct contact with Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

Digvijay had earlier met Gandhi this morning. Apparently irked at Deora’s comments, Youth Congress President Rajiv Satav, who is one of two party MPs who won from Congress in Maharastra also reminded the former Union Minister about his losing in this election, saying he could have at least protected his seat.

“Surprised to see #MilindDeora’s comments. Thought he was 1 of the closest to RG or atleast its wht his friends in the media kept writing,” Satav, a pick of Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.

In another tweet he said, “MilindDeora MP for a decade & minister in UPA2, didn’t he hv any responsibility to party? Cud hv protect his seat at least!”

Deora had earlier said that Rahul Gandhi’s advisers did not have their “ears to the ground” and those with “no electoral experience were calling the shots”, and added that “the people who take the advice also have to bear responsibility”. Later explaining his remarks, the young leader had tweeted, “My comments are out of emotions of deep loyalty to the party, pain of our performance & a sincere desire to see us bounce back. Nothing more.”

At the same time in comments that stoked a blame game within the party and appearing to question ‘Team Rahul’, he had said in another tweet, “field party work & electoral battles are key to comprehend ground realities. This should form the basis for leadership posts in Congress.” While Digvijay and Satav have attacked Deora, the former without naming him, another party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi had backed the former Union Minister and hoped that an “honest and ruthless introspection” is carried out to rectify the problems.

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  1. P
    May 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm
    Party run by dynastic heir have such fate. it has no future now. people understood the quality of dynastic heir and his future.Forget regaining power in future as far as Modi is at the helm of affairs of BJP.
    1. A
      May 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm
      We indians claims to be the smartest in the world,but we are dumb on politics. we still kissthe hi family, look who is sonia? there is no indians to be a congress party leader,All top guys like to kiss her white feet Shame on us
      1. p
        May 24, 2014 at 11:04 pm
        Is Congress seriously not interested in setting its house in order. India has rejected dynastic and sycophantic culture of Congress. The drubbing Congress got in the election is a proof that Congress leadership is out of sync with ground realities. Rahul hi has done more damage to b Congress than entire BJP put together. If they wish to drown honest voices like Milind Deora and quash inner democracy in Congress, they can do it, however they shouldn't forget the forthcoming embly elections. Or are they waiting for Rahul hi to decimate Congress from 44 to zero, and then the prodigal son can rise like a phoenix in his dreams.