Infighting in UP Congress after poll debacle

Last Updated: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 20:21

Lucknow: Infighting in Congress in the wake
of its electoral debacle in Uttar Pradesh came out in the open
today with PCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi saying there was a
"lot of sabotage" at the local level in the party which is in
a "crisis" at this moment.

Her remarks came after party MP from Sultanpur, Sanjay
Singh complained that neither the party nor several of the
candidates from Amethi wanted him to campaign during the
polls.

His wife Ameeta Singh lost to an SP candidate in the
district where only two of the five seats were won by the
Congress. Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi had aggressively
campaigned in the Congress pocket borough.
Joshi said local leaders acted "irresponsibly" and there
was a "lot of sabotage" within the party at that level.

"However, sabotage at the local level was not the only
reason for the party`s defeat as it was in the case of many
parties," she said.

Congress, which had won 22 Assembly seats in 2007,
managed to increase it marginally to 28 this time in the
403-member Assembly though it was hoping to improve its
tally substantially.

Joshi said that she was going to Delhi tomorrow and will
meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in a day or two.
"The whole party cadre is collectively responsible for
the showing in the state. It is wrong to indulge in a blame-
game at this moment when the party is in crisis, and it was
the duty of the MP to campaign," Joshi said reporters here.

Joshi said that she was going to Delhi tomorrow and will
meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in a day or two.

When asked about her resignation in the face of poor
performance of the Congress in the polls, she said that the
matter will be discussed in the meeting.

Earlier, Singh said, "It is unfortunate (that he did not
campaign), but neither the party, nor the candidates wanted me
to be there...So I didn`t go."

He said, "Candidates didn`t feel that I being a Member of
Parliament is going to help. They thought they themselves were
enough.

"These gentlemen who were made candidates in my five
segments opposed me. I was of the view they may lose," he
said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 20:21

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