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Sonia says organisational failure cause of defeat
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | May 16, 2007 11:42 IST
Last Updated: May 16, 2007 13:55 IST
She referred to the results of the Uttar Pradesh elections and said that "...communal forces had been dealt a severe blow." Referring to the defeat of Mulayam Singh Yadav's government, Sonia said that the party "...whose leadership governance had completely collapsed has been unseated."
She admitted that congress party was not able to transform the goodwill the party had generated during last few months into votes. "Our performance has been very disappointing. We now face a stupendous challenge, a challenge that we accept and that we will meet with hard work and determination. I do take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and hard work put in by each and every member at all levels throughout the campaign", she said.
In her three and a half page speech she did not mention the name of Rahul Gandhi who had led the party campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
Talking about the frequent Parliamentary disruptions, she said, "This session has been productive in some respects but it has also been far too many disruptions. Instead of debate and discussions, the BJP and its National Democratic Alliance allies have preferred agitation within the House, often in the well itself. I am sure that I will be voicing your sentiments when I say that this is indeed a matter of great regret," she said.
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and former Union Minister Dr Karan Singh were mentioned by name by Sonia during her speech.
(With PTI Inputs)