New Delhi, May 18 UNI | 2 months ago

Seeking to shield Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from the blame for the rout of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Kamal Nath today said it was not fair to blame Rahul alone for the poor show by the party.

"It is not fair to blame Rahul Gandhi alone for the poor performance by the party. He was only there for eight months," Mr Kamal Nath told a TV channel.

Attributing the results to an anti-incumbency factor against the UPA Government led by Dr Manmohan Singh, the Congress leader, talking to NDTV, said,"Rahul Gandhi was not in the Government. There was an anti-incumbency against the Government."

On reports that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice- president Rahul Gandhi could offer to resign at the meeting of the Congress working committee scheduled tomorrow to analyse causes for the Congress debacle, Mr Kamal nath said,"I will ask Rahul and Mrs Gandhi not to resign."

Calling for structural and organizational changes in the Congress to rebuild it, the Congress leader said elections should be held for the CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress party.

"The highest decision making body of the party has to be elected. Patronage politics will continue if internal elections are not held,"he said.

Asked to pin point reasons for the Congress debacle, he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have been more forthright.

"Communication was a problem. We failed to communicate out achievements to the people. I feel the PM could have been more forthright,'he said.

He also felt that in changing India, the Congress-led UPA failed to connect with aspirational India.

(Posted on 18-05-2014)