Infighting in UP Cong after poll debacle

By: | Updated: 08 Mar 2012 04:12 AM













Lucknow: Infighting in Congress in the wake of its electoral
debacle in Uttar Pradesh came out in the open with PCC chief Rita Bahuguna
Joshi today saying that there should no blame-game when the party is in
crisis.

She was responding to allegations made by party MP from
Sultanpur, Sanjay Singh 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.

"The whole
party cadre was 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.

She said leaders at the local level 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.

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 or that there was no candidate who could win in these five
segments."





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First Published: 08 Mar 2012 04:12 AM
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