New Delhi: Owning responsibility for the debacle in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has tried to douse the fire emerging from the party’s abysmal show in state, but rift within the party is apparent. Those leaders who put party’s vision at stake by projecting their self interest will now have to face the ire of the Congress high command.
Despite tasting victory in Manipur and putting up a strong fight in Uttarakhand, the resounding defeat in Uttar Pradesh has shaken the Congress to its core.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday attributed wrong selection of candidates, too many leaders and organisational weaknesses as among key factors that contributed to the party's dismal performance and clearly signaled that reasons for the defeat will be analysed.

The president of the screening committee Mohan Prakash played a major role in the distribution of tickets. It is to be noted that Prakash was in association with the SP for a long time. On the other hand second minister from the SP camp was Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma who distributed tickets on his own discretion.
Similar was the condition of the other ministers close to the Congress scion, who tried to keep a stronghold in the party by fielding the candidates of their own choice. Ironically, kith and kin of the party stalwarts failed to achieve success in the election.

What troubled the Congress were the remarks by Beni Prasad Verma, Salman Khurshid and Sriprakash Jaiswal. The leaders hogged the limelight with their statements on the Muslim sub-quota and President’s rule. More so, the political strategy adopted by the general secretary Rahul Gandhi back fired.