Get ready to go it alone in polls: Sonia
Sonia squarely lays the blame for the Congress’s plight in UP on state party leaders. Haider Naqvi and M Hasan report.india Updated: Apr 01, 2008 10:10 IST
With Parliamentary elections fast approaching, the Uttar Pradesh Congress is at the crossroads, and appears divided on the issue of pre-poll alliance.
There are confusing signals from both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party about electoral alliances. At a rally in Kanpur on Monday, Sonia Gandhi asked party workers to get ready to go it alone. “We have never compromised with forces working on communal and caste lines; and we shall never compromise on that,” she said.
“Whatever these parties tell people, they made compromises with each other; these parties are two sides of the same coin,” the Congress president said. She, however, avoided naming any party.
Sonia squarely laid the blame for the Congress’s plight in UP on state party leaders. “Not others but we ourselves need to be blamed for the poor state we are in,” he said.
“I am not very satisfied with this logic. For me, it’s the mistakes we have committed; the biggest problem is that our leaders are more concerned about themselves,” she said. Sonia reminded the party leaders candidly that they couldn’t escape their doom if the boat capsizes.
Calling upon workers to participate in the ‘Jail Bharo’ movement, she told party leaders they had become self-centered and they were indifferent to the party.
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi took pot shots at the state government, saying the voice of the poor never reaches the corridors of power in UP. But it is heard by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi.