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Congress Not Ready To Learn From Poll Debacle: Shivraj


11 August 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the Congress party was not willing to learn any lessons from its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections as it still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party.

He said the people have already rejected dynasty politics in the Lok Sabha elections and it would have been better if the Congress had gone for a new leadership by choosing out of the Gandhi family.

"Congress is not willing to learn. It is surprising that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party," the visiting Bharatiya Janata Party leader said here.

He said the Congress leaders are dependent on a single family, which has already lost its charisma.

Notably, Sonia Gandhi was appointed as interim President of the Congress at the party's working committee meeting on Saturday.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said the Congress should select a new leader through a democratic process or else no one can save the party.

Speaking on Odisha, he attacked the Congress and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) saying both the parties were responsible for the backwardness of the state.

Chauhan also alleged that the government has failed to distribute money under the KALIA scheme.

Responding to the allegations, BJD MLA Shashi Bhusan Behera said the 15th Finance Commission and several economists have praised Odisha government's KALIA scheme.

"He should worry more about Madhya Pradesh rather than expressing concerns about Odisha. He said criticising the government is an insult to the people's mandate," Behera added.

Senior Congress leader from Odisha Sura Routray responded to Chauhan's allegations on Gandhi family, saying that the BJP was making such statements out of panic after Sonia Gandhi was appointed the interim Congress President.

(IANS)

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Senior BJP Leader

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Sashi Bhushan Behera, Senior BJD Leader

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Suresh Routray, Senior Congress Leader, Odisha