Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticised former Union minister P Chidambaram, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for placing their personal interests above the party during the Lok Sabha polls, PTI reported on Sunday. All three senior Congress leaders had given a lok sabha seat to their sons. He made the statement during the Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.
While Chidambaram’s son Karthi Chidambaram and Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath were elected, Vaibhav Gehlot lost the polls.
“Chidambaram threatened to resign if a ticket was denied to his son,” Gandhi reportedly said at the meeting. “Nath said how could he be CM if his son was not fielded.” Rahul also criticised Mr Gehlot for neglecting the entire state, spending more than a week campaigning for his son at Jodhpur.
In spite of being in power, Congress couldn’t win a single seat in Rajasthan and won just one seat in Madhya Pradesh.
Priyanka also raised criticism against party leaders. “All those responsible for the party’s defeat are sitting in this room,” she said. “Where were you when my brother was fighting all by himself and alone? No one supported Congress president in taking forward the narrative of Rafale and ‘chowkidar chor hai’.”
Rahul who offered to resign from the post of party chief also said that he doesn’t wish to see any other member from the Gandhi family to be his successor as Congress president.