Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday owned "full responsibility" for the party's flop show in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections but skirted questions about resigning from the post over the issue.
"This matter is between me and Congress President Sonia Gandhi," was his brief response when asked whether he had offered to resign from the post of AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh after party's dismal performance in UP elections.
"I am extremely hurt, disappointed and feel guilty...I am a loyal sepoy of Congress. I take full responsibility for whatever has happened," Singh told reporters after meeting the Congress president here.
He also sought to insulate Rahul Gandhi from the issue of responsibility, saying the party could not convert the wave generated by Gandhi's election campaign into votes due to "poor leadership in the state".
Asked why Congress had finished fourth in UP despite a high octane campaign by Rahul, he said, "We failed to convince the voters that we are in a position to defeat BSP...We could not convince the people of UP that Congress can replace the corrupt BSP and form the government. This is our biggest failure."
The Congress leader said that there is a need for introspection on why such results came.
He at the same dismissed contentions that the focus on Muslim reservation could have damaged the party's prospects. "If this was due to Muslim reservation, we only talked of 9 per cent reservation (to backward Muslims) while the Samajwadi Party talked of giving 18 per cent," he argued.
Singh also rejected the argument that issues like this and raking up Batla House led to polarisation of votes saying BJP would have benefitted had any polarisation taken place.
"Both the national parties failed to convince people of the state and I consider the state leadership of both parties responsible for it," he said.