The party is now out of confusion and self-doubt, the former Union Minister said, in an apparent reference to poor show in the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi quitting as President, and some leaders deserting in a few States.
The former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid lamented that after Congress' defeat, the party never came together to analyse the reasons behind the debacle and that its leader Rahul Gandhi walked away.
Salman Khurshid's remarks came days after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said Prime Minister Modi's governance model is not a 'complete negative story' and not recognising his work and demonising him all the time is not going to help.
Referring to the controversy, former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said in a lighter vein, 'May be prime minister Modi wanted to say why don't you meditate for Yoga, and he thought Modi was asking to mediate.'
Salman Khurshid, who is the Congress’ candidate from Farrukhabad, of which Kaimganj assembly segment is a part, is locked in a triangular contest with BJP’s sitting MP Mukesh Rajput and BSP's Manoj Agarwal.
"To the extent we've been wronged, we must forcefully defend our honour; if somewhere we were wrong we must honestly and courageously accept the mistake and move on," writes Salman Khurshid in his latest book, ‘Spectrum Politics: Unveiling The Defence’. Extracts:
Hostile speeches and abusive remarks, it is now pervasively believed, can make or break electoral verdicts. Whenever rival politicians indulge in a war of words, the public avidly tallies who ‘won’ or ‘lost’ each round.