Salman Khurshid: 'Despite Two Major Defeats, Confidence Not Lost'


Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said that despite losing two major elections the Congress party has not lost confidence in their leaders.

Written By Varsha Chavan | Mumbai | Updated On:

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday spoke about the current situation and hardship of the Congress party. He said that despite losing two major elections, the Congress party has not lost confidence in their leaders. Salman Khurshid also asserted that Congress would have introspected the party's electoral downfall if Rahul Gandhi was around. He said that the party would have been better prepared in his presence as the chief of the party, to fight the upcoming electoral battles. 

Speaking about the party, Salman Khurshid said, "This is perhaps the only time in history that a major defeat, not once but twice, has not caused the party to lose confidence in their leader. But as I said it's his decision. If he had stayed and was around, we could have moved forward with an analysis of our defeat, we would've understood better the causes of our defeat and be better prepared to fight the battles in the coming times."

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Earlier on Tuesday, speaking about the fate of Congress, Khurshid has said the 'biggest problem' is that Rahul Gandhi 'walked away.' "We haven’t really got together to analyze why we got defeated. Our biggest problem is our leader has walked away,” Khurshid said, adding that Rahul Gandhi still retains the allegiance of the party.

“It’s kind of left a vacuum,” Khurshid said. "Sonia Gandhi stepped in, but there is more than an indication that she is treating herself as a stop-gap arrangement. I wish it wasn’t so,” he added. Former party president Rahul Gandhi resigned after the second defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, stepped in on an interim basis.

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Rahul Gandhi leaves for Bangkok

Former party president Rahul Gandhi, on Saturday, has left for Bangkok, according to sources. Sources report that he has boarded an 8:25 PM flight from Delhi to Bangkok. The reason for Rahul Gandhi's Bangkok trip is unknown as of now. This move by the Wayanad MP comes in the wake of the Congress is split into two camps - Sonia Gandhi's supporters and Rahul Gandhi's supporters, ahead of the Maharashtra and Haryana state Assembly polls.

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Congress infighting

These developments have come amid a series of resignations and accusations within the Congress party. Following the defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party has been rattled by disputes within the party leaders. From leaders like Urmila Matondkar and Ashok Tanwar among others resigning dramatically lashing out at the party, to senior leaders like Sanjay Nirupam rebelling against the party ahead of the polls, the ongoing crisis has emerged amid the poll campaigning for the state elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. Both the states are going to poll on October 21 in a single phase and the counting of votes will take place on October 24. 

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