Even as Congress gropes in the dark to find answers for its worst electoral defeat, dissenting voices against party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi are growing louder. The latest to join the bandwagon is senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Digvijaya, who was once said to be the mentor of Rahul, said that the Gandhi scion is, by temperament not a ruling person.
Here is a look at the Congress leaders who openly criticised Rahul after the disastrous performance in the elections.
Digvijaya Singh: The Congress veteran said Rahul should have taken up the responsibility of leading the party in Lok Sabha. “By temperament, woh sattadhaari vyakti nahin hain. Woh by temperament aisa vyakti hai jo anyaya ke khilaf ladna chaahta hai (he is not a ruling person by temperament…by temperament he is a person who wants to fight injustice),” Singh’s comments were seen as his unhappiness over Rahul’s reluctance to take up the responsibility of leading the Congress in the Lok Sabha.
A K Antony: Veteran Congress leader and former defence minister A K Antony sparked furore after he said his party’s apparent proximity to minority communities had led people to doubt its secularism. “Some sections of society have an impression that the party is inclined to certain communities or organisations. People have doubt whether that policy is being implemented or not,” Antony had said in Thiruvananthapuram. “This doubt is created by the party’s proximity towards minority communities, and such a situation would open the door for the entry of communal forces into Kerala,” Antony said. Antony’s statement held significance as he has been known for his loyality to the Nehru-Gandhi family, and has been entrusted by Sonia Gandhi with the task of carrying out an analysis of the Congress’s massive election defeat.
Capt Amarinder Singh: Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh too felt that Rahul Gandhi should have been the leader of Opposition. “I have been a leader of Opposition as well as a CM; you are alone as the leader of Opposition. As the CM you have a whole team to give you information. Here you have to collect everything yourself. He would have learned more had he taken up this role,” Singh had told Indian Express during the Idea Exchange.
Milind Deora: In the first open criticism after Congress’ crushing electoral defeat, former union minister Milind Deora criticised Rahul Gandhi and his team of advisers, saying that “they did not have their …continued »
Bhushan, like Yadav, said that Kejriwal and “his coterie” had forgotten the principles that the party was built on.
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