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Disconnect behind Cong poll debacle: Priya Dutt

After the disastrous performance of the Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, voices of dissent have started rising in the party against the leadership. Former MP Priya Dutt on Thursday met party president Sonia Gandhi and is reported to have told her that there was ‘disconnect’ between the party and the people, and that there was a need for self introspection.

‘I will not blame the advisers, because we should be open to advice from all sides. We should take advice from political minded people to the common man. I think there is disconnect between the party and the people at the grass root level. We need to check that and take corrective measures’, 
said Dutt.

‘It is a large country and you need a lot of interaction with people. I think, nobody can actually have connect, which elected representatives had with ground level people. So, I think we need to bridge that gap and bring it right up to the leadership,’ she added. She asserted that the Congress-led UPA government has done a lot of work in the past ten years but have not been able to project it.

Her comments come a day after her party colleague Milind Deora criticised Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Deora said that Rahul’s advisers did not have their ‘ears to the ground’ and those with ‘no electoral experience’ were ‘calling the shots’, but added that ‘the people who take the advice also have to bear responsibility.’ Reacting to Deora’s comments Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Thursday said people who used to praise Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, are now blaming him for the party’s defeat in the elections. 

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