Delhi poll debacle: Sonia Gandhi asks Congress leaders not to air views in public
Sonia Gandhi asked party workers not to air their views in public after the humiliation that the Congress party suffered in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly Elections.
Delhi: Sonia Gandhi asked party workers not to air their views in public after the humiliation that the Congress party suffered in the recently concluded Delhi Assembly Elections.
After meeting Sonia, senior Congress leader PC Chacko said, “I briefed her about party’s functioning during Delhi elections, also about unfortunate controversy going on,” as per ANI.
“She wants all senior leaders of party to not air their views in public when party is facing a difficult situation,” he added.
Congress could not win any seats in the Delhi polls, the voting for which took place on February 07, with the results being declared on February 10. The Aam Aadmi Party swept the polls winning a staggering 67 seats in the 70-member Assembly.
The BJP was reduced to a mere three seats.
Chacko also said that he along with Ajay Maken and Arvinder Singh Lovely had submitted their resignation taking moral responsibility. “Congress president will take a decision on that,” he clarified.
Ajay Maken was the chief ministerial candidate for Delhi polls, Chacko, Congress in charge of the party affairs in Delhi and Arvinder Singh Lovely, DPCC chief.
On the controversy regarding former Delhi CM and senior Congress leader, Sheila Dikshit blaming Maken for poor showing in Delhi polls, Chacko maintained, “What she said is incorrect, she should have been cautious in criticizing her colleagues when party facing serious political situation.”
An open war today broke out in the Congress over its whitewash in the Delhi elections with Dikshit attacking Maken and the party virtually asking her to shut up.
"I just pity him. Ajay Maken was not the way to put the right focus. He thought he would do all by himself. He did not involve anyone else. Quite obviously his style did not help the Congress party," 76-year-old Dikshit said, as per PTI.
Chacko hit back at Dikshit saying that it was better for her to keep silence and said the party does not endorse her views.
"He (Maken) did his best for the elections and anybody saying anything otherwise is very, very unfair," Chacko said.
"She is our elder. We respect her a lot if she has any issue in conveying us, she should have conveyed her suggestions to the AICC," he added.
On his part, Lovely said there was no benefit of giving advice after the elections.
Dikshit appeared to fault the last-minute decision to bring in Maken saying "change was made in the last minute. Maken coming in and Lovely not contesting."
"Maken could not enthuse the party. He failed to highlight the achievements of the Congress governments in the 15 years till 2013. It was not my achievement. It was Congress' achievement. They should have taken my name (during the campaign). Had they done it, the party would have done better," she told PTI.
With Agency inputs