Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi in her first reaction after
party's poll debacle said on Wednesday that too many leaders in UP is a
problem for the party. In the last lag of the poll, many reckless
statements were made by Congress leaders including PL Punia, Salman
Khurshid, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Beni Prasad Verma.
All these statements had severely dented party's poll prospects in the
state as well as brought strong reaction from the Election Commission.
Union coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had even said that the president's
rule could be imposed if Congress wouldn't able to form the government.
"We have too many leaders, that is our problem," said the Congress
Addressing the media, Gandhi said that every election result is a lesson
for them, whether they win or lose. Gandhi acknowledged that inflation
could have been factor for Congress' poor performance.
She also said that one of the reasons for the party's bad showing was the
wrong choice of candidates. "The party's organisational structure in Uttar
Pradesh was weak," the Congress president said.
Sonia ends speculation over change in PM post
president Sonia Gandhi indicated that the UPA government is secure and
that there will be no change of Prime Minister till 2014.
"The question does not arise," said Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, also
refusing to answer who the Congress' candidate for PM will be in the next
general elections. "We are in 2012 and 2014 is a long way off," she said.
Gandhi further said that she does not think that the results of the
Assembly elections will damage the UPA government.
Being hopeful Gandhi said that Assembly polls to Gujarat, Karnataka and
Himachal are coming and the party has to to get going. She said that newly
formed PPP damaged Congress party's prospect in Punjab.
"The people of Uttar Pradesh were fed up with the Mayawati government in
UP," the Congress party chief said.
"In Goa, many voters were unhappy with the Congress government," Sonia
- with PTI inputs
blames weak organisation for UP defeat |Reasons behind
Sonia's comment: Khurshid
on quota | Beni
Verma's remark | Jaiswal's