Cong defeats of its own making: Rahul Gandhi

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 17:53

Bhopal: Making a strong plea to partymen
to remain united, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi
today said during the last five to six years the party had
faced defeat wherever there was disunity.

"Whenever the party is defeated, it is because
Congressmen are not united and there is a need to change this
attitude," Rahul said while addressing a joint meeting of
office-bearers of the Madhya Pradesh Congress and district
presidents of the party.

Rahul, who is on a two-day trip to Gwalior and Bhopal
to spread base of Youth Congress and the student`s wing NSUI,
said he has been active in politics for the last five to six
years and during this period he saw that wherever the party
fared poorly, it was because of its own people.

"If we become united, success is ensured as had
happened during the last Lok Sabha elections in Uttar
Pradesh," Rahul was quoted as saying by the state`s party
unit.

He said the Congress did well in the parliamentary
elections in UP. "I will not like to take the entire credit
for that," he said while noting that he had worked extensively
with a number of leaders and party workers there.

It was a matter of happiness that the number of Lok
Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh held by the party has gone up
from four to 12, he said.

On the perception that Congress was weak in Madhya
Pradesh, Rahul said the problems could be sorted out.

Addressing a press conference, Rahul blamed the media
for highlighting only his visits to Dalit houses across the
country though he toured places inhabited by people of all
classes.

The 39-year-old leader said nothing should be read
into his visits to houses of poor.

"I had yesterday gone to four colleges and a tribal
hostel but the media highlighted only my visit to the hostel,"
he said.

Rahul was impressed by the enthusiasm shown by
students living in a tribal hostel here when he made an
unannounced and unscheduled visit to the place.

"I thought that if such poor students can be full of
optimism then there is no doubt that the future of India will
be bright," Rahul said.

Rahul accused the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh for failing
to spend the money given to it by the Centre for developmental
work and needlessly complaining of discrimination.

"The NDA government had given Rs 1,000 crore to Madhya
Pradesh, while the UPA government has given Rs 6,000 crore to
the state," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 17:53

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