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Disorganised UP Congress responsible for poll debacle: Sonia, Rahul

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi today held disorganised Uttar Pradesh party unit responsible for its poor performance in the recently concluded Assembly polls in the state.

New Delhi, May 16 : Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi today held "disorganised" Uttar Pradesh party unit responsible for its poor performance in the recently concluded Assembly polls in the state.

Speaking at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting here, Sonia said despite having the "goodwill" of the people of Uttar Pradesh, the party's performance "has been very disappointing".

"We mounted a spirited campaign throughout which we witnessed a great deal of goodwill and support towards our party. But organisationally we were not able to transform that goodwill into votes," Sonia said.

She said that following the UP polls result, the Congress now face a "stupendous challenge".

"...a challenge that we accept and that we will meet with hard work and determination," she added.

Asking the partymen to pull up their socks for the upcoming Assembly election in the BJP-ruled Gujarat, Sonia expressed confidence of doing better there, saying the party did well in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

"This gives us both hope and confidence that the people of the state which gave birth to the Father of the Nation will vote for strengthening Gujarat's traditions of secularism and social harmony", she said, adding that the BJP would "undoubtedly" raise communal tensions and passions to garner votes.

Her son Rahul Gandhi, who had been the mascot of the Congress during polls in Uttar Pradesh, endorsed Sonia's words on the UP debacle.

"Basically, what happened was we don't have organisation there, that's the long haul, we have to build that and we are going to do that...I will go there, I have said that, and I will go," Rahul said.

The Congress party could muster only 22 seats in the state, three short of its 25 seats tally in the previous elections in 2002.Although exit polls had predicted Congress to finish a distant fourth in the polls, the party was hoping to win around 40-50 seats to play a crucial role in government making, in case of hung assembly.But the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) scored a surprise win with full majority.

ANI

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