"Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. The same people, who are now speaking out were, before May 16, very comfortable with all those whom they are speaking against now. They are young people. They have not seen defeat. So they will learn from the defeat," party general secretary Digvijay Singh said, without naming Deora, a former union minister who lost his election from Mumbai south.

"I would not like to name the persons but some of these people, who are criticising now were on a regular email and SMS and direct contact with Rahul Gandhi," he said.

Digvijay had earlier this morning met Rahul Gandhi

Apparently irked at Deora's comments, Youth Congress President Rajiv Satav, who is one of two party MPs who won from Congress in Maharashtra also reminded the former union minister about his losing in this election, saying he could have at least protected his seat.

"Surprised to see #MilindDeora's comments. Thought he was 1 of the closest to RG or atleast its wht his friends in the media kept writing," Satav, a pick of Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, "Milind Deora MP for a decade & minister in UPA2, didn't he hv any responsibility to party? Cud hv protect his seat at least!"

Deora had earlier said that Rahul Gandhi's advisers did not have their "ears to the ground" and those with "no electoral experience were calling the shots", and added that "the people who take the advice also have to bear responsibility".

Later explaining his remarks, the young leader had tweeted, "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."

At the same time in comments that stoked a blame game within the party and appearing to question 'Team Rahul', he had said in another tweet, "field party work & electoral battles are key to comprehend ground realities. This should form the basis for leadership posts in Congress."

While Digvijay and Satav have attacked Deora, the former without naming him, another party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi had backed the former union minister and hoped that an "honest and ruthless introspection" is carried out to rectify the problems.


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