Congress leader Milind Deora, on Wednesday said that Rahul Gandhi's advisers did not have their "ears to the ground" and those with "no electoral experience" were "calling the shots", today stuck to his guns, saying his comments are borne out of deep loyalty to the party and pain due to its performance in the polls.

"My comments are out of emotions of deep loyalty to the party, pain of our performance & a sincere desire to see us bounce back. Nothing more," Deora said on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, "Field party work & electoral battles are key to comprehend ground realities. This should form the basis for leadership posts in Congress."

His remarks are significant as there are murmurs in the party that a number of people having no electoral experience and novices in politics were given key roles in shaping up the decisions of the leadership on issues like campaigning and alliances.

AICC Secretary Priya Dutt, who met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, also talked of a "disconnect" of the party leaders with the people.

Deora lost from South Mumbai to Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant while Dutt lost to BJP's Poonam Mahajan.

Senior party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi appeared to be in agreement with the views expressed by Deora and hoped that an "honest and ruthless introspection" is carried out to rectify the problems.


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