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‘Problem is we have too many leaders’: Sonia on UP debacle

March 8, 2012 6 comments

The lack of grace in defeat by the Congress is an indicator why its has not won a national election on merit for more than 30 years now.

Can calculations replace vision, imagination? Leadership blames - workers, organization, other 'leaders'. |  Cartoonist Keshav of The Hindu  |  Click for image.

Can calculations replace vision, imagination? Leadership blames - workers, organization, other 'leaders'. | Cartoonist Keshav of The Hindu | Click for image.

SONIA Gandhi today said that the Congress’s performance in the assembly polls would do no “damage” to the UPA government.

Sonia ruled out any possibility of PM Manmohan Singh stepping down as a result of the defeat. Asked about the Congress’s PM candidate in 2014, she said: “This is 2012.”

Sonia spoke to reporters after two and a half hours of one-on-one meetings with Congress general secretaries or incharges in states that went to polls, and with other senior leaders.

“The Congress party has got support below its expectations. We accept it with all humility,” she said.

“Rahul has already told you about UP. Our party organisation is weak in UP.”

On the party’s poor show in Amethi and Rae Bareli, Sonia said: “There have been such defeats earlier. It seems people were not happy with the sitting MLAs. The new candidates won.” Asked if the Congress was lacking leaders, she remarked: “I would say rather than lack of leaders, too many leaders, that is our problem.” (via ‘Problem is we have too many leaders’: Sonia on UP debacle – Indian Express).

It has taken some 15 years, but the CEC has been defanged. Salman Khurshid gets away  |  Cartoonist Kirtish Bhatt  |  Click for source image.

It has taken some 15 years, but the CEC has been defanged. Salman Khurshid gets away | Cartoonist Kirtish Bhatt | Click for source image.

What contempt?

After years of unquestioned loyalty, by all and sundry Congress ‘leaders’, Sonia Gandhi has so much contempt for them?

After not winning a national election for 32 years on merit (Rajiv’s victory of 1984 tainted by sympathy), Congress still blames the organization and party workers.

If a 150 year old party, does not have organization, who will? Way back in the 1970s, Congress was the only party with any kind of organization.

In the 1977 election, Congress was head and shoulders above every other political organization. Indira Gandhi used the same organization to make a brilliant come back in 1980 election.

If between 1984-2012, there has been a collapse in the organization, we know who is to blame.

But, now Sonia Gandhi blames these ‘too many leaders!’

Even if Sonia Gandhi’s allegations are true, there was no one to stop her from sacking, removing, inducting any one of her choice.

Sonia and Rahul's leadership is impeccable. The workers and other 'leaders' are to blame.  |  Cartoonist S.Nagesh in firstpost.com  |  Click for image.

Sonia and Rahul's leadership is impeccable. The workers and other 'leaders' are to blame. | Cartoonist S.Nagesh in firstpost.com | Click for image.


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