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Congress fault lines out in the open as blame game within party intensifies

The MP from the Anandpur Sahib constituency said the 2019 defeat must also be analysed, especially as no charge of corruption has been proved in a court of law six years on

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Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 

Manish Tewari
Manish Tewari said sabotage from within the UPA was responsible for the defeat of the Congress in the 2014

The blame game in the intensified on Friday as party leader made a sensational charge that internal sabotage from within the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was responsible for the defeat of the in the 2014 that brought the Democratic Alliance to power.

The MP from the Anandpur Sahib constituency said the 2019 defeat must also be analysed, especially as no charge of corruption has been proved in a court of law six years on. He referred to the 2G spectrum scam and hinted at a larger conspiracy to destabilise the UPA. “What would be interesting to find out someday is not that the report was fake but who set him to it,” he tweeted, referring to Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, whose audit report suggesting the government had lost Rs 1.76 trillion by faulty allocation of 2G spectrum was a major reason for the BJP to spin out a narrative of corruption against the that caused the BJP’s landslide victory in 2014.

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Tewari’s comments come against the background of a meeting of Rajya Sabha MPs from the Congress called by interim Congress President on Wednesday. At this meeting, former finance minister P Chidam­baram and former telecom minister Kapil Sibal said the leadership was muddled and fuzzy and ne­eded to be more focused to reg­ain political ground. What followed was a fierce debate betw­een the old guard and acolytes of Rahul Gandhi, who charged that the seniors were simply not doing enough to attack the government.

First Published: Fri, July 31 2020. 23:47 IST
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