New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi does not need a
fall guy, Congress said on Monday on the eve of the counting for
votes in Uttar Pradesh.
Party spokesperson Renuka Chowhdary deflected a volley
questions on the issue of responsibility if the party did not
perform well in UP.
"Why are you asking hypothetical questions. The counting
is tomorrow," she said.
Harping on the "collective effort" argument, Chowdhary
said Gandhi has strengthened party organisation in the state.
Asked about NCP chief Sharad Pawar`s statement that Rahul
Gandhi will be blamed if Congress fared badly in UP, she said,
"It`s a collective effort. As the leader works, we should work
down the line also. He motivates. The job is to convert that
motivation into votes and workers at booth level."
"Why for Rahul only. It will come for the whole country,
the entire organisation of the party. Patience always pays,"
was her refrain when asked whether the results in UP will show
where Rahul`s politics is heading to.
She said Congress will be a winner in the results of the
five states and there is a need to look at the elections in a
A party leader speaking on the condition of anonymity
asked "why should Rahul Gandhi pick up a fall guy. I do not
think Rahul needs any" and argued that the success of Congress
in this election is that "BSP has been sent home".
"Rahul had been saying in the poll campaign that BSP will
lose badly. And that is happening. Sending the elephant home
is what mattered," said a leader.
Another party leader, who has worked closely during the
polls in UP, said "this time we have ploughed the land in UP.
"We will cultivate the crop from Lok Sabha elections."
The leader hoped that the party would win at least 50
seats and could lose about two dozen with very slender
margins, where consolidation is possible latter.