Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar believes the only person who can end Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dominance in Indian politics is the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Babbar who took responsibility for party’s loss in the state said Rahul Gandhi’s simplicity makes him the ideal person to defeat Modi. “Agar koi hara sakta hai Modiji ko toh Rahul Gandhi ki saadgi hara sakti hai,” he said.
Yesterday, Raj Babbar offered to resign, taking moral responsibility for the poll debacle in the state, amid demands for structural changes and fixing responsibility in the party. Babbar also echoed Rahul Gandhi on the need for making structural changes to strengthen the party but defended the Congress Vice President, saying leadership is not changed “for losses in one or two elections”.
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“I take moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in Uttar Pradesh. I was given the responsibility but I could not fulfil it. I could not live up to the expectations. I will do what is required,” he told reporters on Parliament premises. To a question why Gandhi or senior party leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad were not taking responsibility for the defeat, the Rajya Sabha member said such issues are to be discussed “internally at party level.” “Our national leaders worked hard in the five states which went to polls including UP. We failed to win Uttar Pradesh,” Babbar said.
“You don’t change party leadership for losses in one or two elections. The leadership is ideology. They make teams. Our team failed there (in UP),” he said. Babbar, who was made the party chief ahead of UP assembly polls, alleged that the BJP employed all means to win elections including cheating and use of muscle and money power. He also sought to defend Gandhi, saying the Congress Vice President had put in everything but he as state unit chief takes the entire responsibility for failing to steer the party to victory.
(with input from agency)