Rahul did a brilliant job says Rita Joshi

By: | Updated: 06 Mar 2012 02:02 AM

With the Congress nowhere near power in Uttar Pradesh, the party
sprung to its chief campaigner Rahul Gandhi's defence on Tuesday with
state party chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi saying the onus for defeat lay with
the state unit.

"Avishvas Rahul par nahin hai (This distrust is not towards Rahul)," Joshi
told reporters as the votes were counted for the staggered elections.

In trends available, the Samajwadi party (SP) was leading in 191 seats,
the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 97 and the Congress and Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) at 50 each.

Joshi said she was "hugely disappointed" with the results.

"Why should a campaigner accept responsibility? It's the candidate and the
organisaton that is responsible. Our campaigner did his job brilliantly,"
she said.

"There are several factors - the state unit has to take the

"The onus is on the candidate, the committee that selected the candidate.
We have to all take a collective responsibility. National leadership
cannot be held responsible."

She said the organisation had been unable to convert the "wonderful
atmosphere" generated by Rahul Gandhi into votes.

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First Published: 06 Mar 2012 02:02 AM
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