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Loose talk took toll on Congress,says Rita

The party’s debacle in Uttar Pradesh triggered a blame game in the Congress with Digvijaya Singh blaming the “state leadership” for the failure to convert Rahul Gandhi’s “wave” into votes and UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi attributing the loss to deviation from the development plank

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi/lucknow | Published: March 7, 2012 3:02:30 am

The party’s debacle in Uttar Pradesh triggered a blame game in the Congress with Digvijaya Singh blaming the “state leadership” for the failure to convert Rahul Gandhi’s “wave” into votes and UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi attributing the loss to deviation from the development plank.

The losing party candidates listed their own reasons — from the non-projection of a chief ministerial candidate to a disconnect between the national leadership and the grassroot workers.

“If we had stuck to development as an issue,rather than making controversial remarks,the results would have been better. The Congress has never done the politics of caste. There was no need to deviate from the agenda of development,” said Joshi.

“People probably saw Rahul as a future PM but not as the next CM,” said Fakhir Siddique,who came third in the Lucknow central constituency.

“Despite Rahul’s hard work,everyone realised that he would ultimately be in national politics. So the party did not have a face for Uttar Pradesh Congress,” said Vinod Kumar Tejiyan,who lost to the BSP in Rampur Maniharan constituency.

What emerged as a major area of concern was the party’s lack of organisation in districts and villages. “Congress just does not have any grassroots machinery here. There seems to be a big void between the grassroots workers and the leadership,” said Anil Srivastava,who lost to BJP’s Jyotsana Srivastava.

Candidates said during campaigning they realised that the Congress’s ranks were no match for the SP and BSP. Some felt that while senior party leaders toured UP,they could not tap the pulse of the voters.

Joshi,however,refused to find fault with Rahul. “He was only a campaigner who did his job well,the blame can go to the leader in charge of the state,state leaders,and candidates,” said Joshi.

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