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A very good lesson for me, says Rahul

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"I expect to have victories along the way and I expect to have defeats...I take it in my stride." File photo

Rahul Gandhi, who was the face of Congress campaign in Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday owned responsibility for the party’s dismal performance which he termed as a “very good lesson” for him.

Appearing before the media as the election results were coming in, Mr. Gandhi said he took in his stride the poll outcome and expected victories as well as defeats in his efforts to improve the political system of the country.

“I own the responsibility for this...This is one of my defeats and I take it in my stride,” said the young Congress General Secretary who extensively toured Uttar Pradesh and addressed over 200 rallies during the month-long campaigning.

Mr. Gandhi said he was trying to “improve the political system” of the country and his work would continue irrespective of Tuesday’s electoral result.

“I expect to have victories along the way and I expect to have defeats...I take it in my stride. I think, it is a very good lesson for me,” he said, adding “I think it will make me think in detailed ways which I like to do.”

Dear Rahul, the country has witnessed your hard work and sincerity in UP 2012. As you have rightly said take it as something to learn. The People of the State could have been wiser to drop SP too this time. Anyway, better strategies for 2014, empowerment of grassroot workers and continuity of your sincerity and hardwork.
Do continue your rapport with the people of UP, travel extensively and build the local cadre and they are going to give you their full mandate in 2014 with highest number of MP seats. But work all the harder. You have the blessings of the majority of Indians. All the best to you the leader in the making.

from:  prasad
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 11:01 IST

The verdict is out. Congress' dismal performance in the largest state
is indeed a wake up call to stop the rhetoric and connect with people,
whose daily struggles for survival and dignified access to guaranteed
rights and entitlements go entirely unattended. Days are numbered for
the strategies like occasional showing up at a poor's door for food
and one night shelter.
I congratulate SP for success, which to many is more due to anti Maya
sentiment and less due to SP's credentials. Akhilesh comes across as a
modest, steady, serious and mature young politician with a saint like
composure. Like Mamta in Bengal, SP faces humongous task of rebuilding
the state in its entirety from infrastructure to agriculture to
education to health care to job creation for youth. I am sure that SP
would respect the people's confidence in them unlike BSP and deliver
the promised improved governance and law & order situation this time
to build legitimacy over successive SP governments in the state.

from:  Naval Kishor Gupta
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 10:42 IST

The fact that family appeal has failed is proved by the fact they got drubbed badly in their home turf of Amethi and Rae Bareilly. I think a rustic state has sent the message that pretty faces will not guarantee votes. The growing presence of regional parties in the polictical sphere does pose a challenge at the national level as these parties would only be concerned about local issues. However CM's like Nitish is a welcome change. At the end of the day good governance is what is the need of the hour.

from:  Deepa Surendran
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 09:25 IST

It's time for Rahul gandhi and the rest of the congress to understand that no matter how many paid news of rahul's rallies comes in media house.people don't care about media. they cannot be fooled.It's high time congreess brings in good ministers in cabinet rather than removing better person's like jairam ramesh.The least the congress members can do is utilize a part of their money in swiss banks for the welfare of the people.

from:  kishalay bhattacharjee
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 08:12 IST

It is really a point to note, that "No one can take people for granted". Democracy in India is growing and the rest of the world can learn a lot from it.

from:  chandran kp
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 03:40 IST

Its very simple India with a billion people should find a suitable leader not a nominee of a dynasty or a member of that same dynasty. I have nothing against the Nehru family they have done a lot to the country but then more than a Billion others are there and any one of them could do a very good job. India is a democracy and certainly not a monarchy.

from:  siva
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 03:08 IST

This is the time the congress should introspect what went wrong and what Mr.Rahul is upto in the politics.Reading the text on the stages prepared by some other persons during the poll meetings, shaking and waving hands to people are not suffice for a leader.They should henceforth, desist from chanting the mantra of RAHUL THE FUTURE PRIME MINISTER which is an affront to the people and the nation as a whole as this country was once ruled by eminent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi,Pt.J.Nehru,Lalbahadur Sastry.

from:  Anthony Rao.Reddy
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 02:23 IST

Gandhi family had zero impact on the electorate. Bravo to the voters who have become more mature and risen above caste, religion and corruption. It is very hard to fool the citizens like before. If you look at everybody the CBI went after in corruption cases, there is not a single person except Kalmadi. In AP, one of the ministers who received money from liquor mafia was given a clean chit by the CM without any investigation. The days of Congress are numbered. Hats off to the empowered and intelligent voters.

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 00:36 IST

people do not forget the awakening done by team Anna. They showed us the real picture of congress by intensely demanding lokpal. it is only their efforts that's paying off. i would request Team Anna to carry on with their unmasking agenda of these thoroughly corrupt party men. i wish them all the luck in the near future.

from:  Kapil Agarwal
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 00:12 IST

It won't be correct to write Rahul Gandhi off , following an election debacle. Using the same yardstick, Mamata Bannerjee / Jayalalithaa / L.K.Advani and others should have been written off long time ago - as they too have faced a string of defeats.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 00:07 IST

The joy of election result will last for a week or two, and now SP has to face the reality of UP. Election is all about winning and those who win will keep his heads UP and those who lose will keep his head down. So, Akilash and Mulayam will keep their heads up this time, and UMMA,Rahul,MAYA heads down untill the next election. At the end of the day, that is the reality.

from:  Gee Mundakel
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 23:58 IST

This is an opportunity to introspect and Congress needs to look at the quality of its leadership. "The fish rots from the head" THat is the position in the Congress. The present leader ship needs to be removed root and branch . GO BACK TO MAHATMA GAMDHI and learn how he practised his principled politcs and in due course the people will come back to vote for the party . Sycophancy and a feeling that you can buy your way by giving sops have gripped the party .For long the organisation has been neglected.

from:  K. I. NAIR
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 23:46 IST

mulayam and his son is not dynasty? Badal and his son is not dynasty?
Yeddy & his sons r not dynasty? Only Rahul is dynasty for the people.
why? because they are just frogs in the well. Congress slowly but steadily improved its performance in this election after 8 years in power at the center.That means they are in correct direction and they got more seats than last election in all the 3 states after all non political people , who are with anna hajare,ramdev tried their best to defeat congress.One day will come for even congress to show its power and it is not far.

from:  Ranjith shetty
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 23:02 IST

In case if he want to become the face of the nation then he must muster
up the courage to take a stand on various burning issues whenever such a
situation comes he remains mum.As far as lesson is concerned moral of
the story is pretty clear "To cross the river you need to wet your
clothes"

from:  ABHAY AWASTHI
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 22:46 IST

Rahul worked really hard and he was not successful. The party was very weak in villages and hardly had any workers. Congress got more votes, however it didn't convert to seats. I am very sure he will be successful one day.

from:  saj
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 22:46 IST

Hi Rahul, The lesson you need to learn is that people are expecting a lot more than what you are doing so far. The changes you brought into youth congress look more or less cosmetic. Unless we see some promising candidates, we don't think you are any different from the rest. You have a great opportunity to make a big difference to the aging and slowly rotting congress party as well as to the whole country, don't throw it away.

from:  SP Reddy
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 22:09 IST

It is high time Gandhi family stops living in the past and let the party led by some
eminent and efficient personalities (if any left?) with impeccable character with a
cabinet consisting of non-criminal record holders, preferably below 55 years of
age.Stop once for all the wrong belief that yours is the only Family born to rule this
country.There are enough families who can give better governance and let the people
have a corrupt free rule assuring atleast two square meals a day, a dream come true.
Come on youngsters, preferably from non-political families, to give a corrupt free governance to the innocent people most of whom have been living on hopes all along. Every bad rule should end one day and I hope the day is not far now.

from:  K.M.BAIL
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 22:02 IST

it's great that a leader like him accepted the defeat in front of the public. but the question as also being raised by Anna's team to The Congress/ Digvijay Singh about the amount of money spent on Mr. Gandhi's extensive visit for election. Anna's team had disclosed the expenses within 24hrs; need to see how much time Congress takes to show the expenses they did on election or even they bother...

from:  abhijeet bhadra
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 20:52 IST

The UP result shows that people are against the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. If he is not able to convince voters of one state, how can he dream of convincing voters of India.

from:  Vijay Kumar DM
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 20:46 IST

Move over Rahul and the Gandhi dynasty. Make way for the Mulayam and Akilesh dynasty. Salute Indian democracy!

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 20:42 IST

Do not waste the lesson learnt this time, Mr Gandhi. You appear to be repeating mistakes by trusting the untrustables, duping the voters using family (which stands unacceptably adulterated now), ignoring the peoples' problems (food items price rise essentially), inaction on the no-holds-barred corrupt Govt, using divisive policy exploiting the caste and religion fault lines etc. Congress under your family is in deep quagmire. It can not be resurrected using Manmohan Singh type of Govt with many apparently-corrupt men in cabinet (every one knows their names). With this Govt., Congress will definitely continue on its downhill journey.

from:  VMN Sharma
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 20:21 IST

Continuous arrogance by Congress leaders made their existence
questionable everywhere in India. They are being wiped out in all
major states, remaining only few small states which really does not
matter in Indian politics. In many states they are uprooted completely
even from being opposition and they have no infrastructure and
logistics to comeback in those states again. I think that is the
beauty of democracy! Thanks to the corruption and justifying those
corruption arrogantly by the Congress leaders in last four years of
rule. They have made every possible effort to defeat all democratic
protests.
I wonder whether they really mean the defeat in UP is a lesson for
them! Because Sachin Pilot told that congress succeeded in their main
objective in UP to bring down Mayavati Govt. If a party's main
objective is to bring down Mayavati instead of any alternative
development vision, then it is very sad. I think they are pretending
that they learnt some lessons.

from:  sadananda
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 20:13 IST

Why don't we avoid addressing the Mr.Rahul as Mr.Gandhi. It seems we the
public/media are trying to disgrace the great Gandhiji by simply using
his name for those who don't actually deserve it. As it is
followed/practiced in India, lets use their First names instead of Last
names. Let them have their pride in foreign countries where the last
name is used widely for addressing people but not in India.

from:  Abhilash Chandran
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 20:07 IST

Mr. Gandhi is to be applauded for the first step he had taken in acknowledging the UP poll verdict. He cut short the work of his handlers. He can take the next step in decentalizing the concentration of party powers in Delhi.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:50 IST

Rahul Gandhi tried to use his demonization and polarisation themes out
of his party's campaign playbook and came up empty handed in UP.His
'angry' campaign was in stark contrast with Akilesh who kept a cool
head and lead his party to victory. This defeat is 3rd in a row after
his well marketed campaigns in Bihar, TN and now UP. Congress Party is a
sense of 'entitlement' to the incompetent Gandhis. No other young
leader would be allowed to grow and lead them in the future.

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:44 IST

This is just state elections. The outcome just shows that congress lacks leaders in the state. Dont compare with parliament. I think congress has done the ground work for the next parlament elections.

from:  sri
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:21 IST

.. The Congress and Mulayam used the Muslim card. But Mulayam won!!! This clearly indicates that the Muslims are in no mood to heed the call of Congress and its star speakers Khurshid and Bain!! This is a clear warning to the Congress that it can no longer cheat Muslims for vote-sake. Also Karuna should also not use Muslim in elections wearing Yellow Towel and speaking communal language [ Brahmins should shiver etc.] as in TN neo-Brahmins are Karuna and his numerous family members. Karuna should understand that he was responsible to convert a Glorious Party like DMK as merely a party for His family, of His family and by His family !!

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:17 IST

Congress should be happy that despite being tagged the "most corrupt
party" in Indian history has managed a hat-trick in Manipur (though a
tiny state!). Making mockery of EC and the people must have been very
expensive for it. Moreover a respectable party like the Congress should
not have tried to adore a communal attire for vote sake. More surprising
was BJP's success in UP. This clearly is indicative of the people's
ire...

from:  Akshay
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:16 IST

It is a significant defeat for the Gandhi dynasty. Will the Congress learn its leassons? I don't think so. Rahul (or even his sister) will still be projected as a future PM by numerous officious party leaders.

Dynastic politics makes a mockery of democracy but unfortunately that seems to be the trend in Indian politics where there is little inner party democracy as in US or other mature democracies.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:14 IST

Hats off to Priyanka. What prophetic remark she made. The Electorate
have indeed proved that they don't trust in Frogs. Do you remember
that Priyanka famously said that she is a Frog and Rahul jumped in to
say 'Me too'. Obviously the frog didn't turn into Prince. I remember
Mrs gandhi ruled the country with Iron fist. If anyone spoke against
Nehru family they were dubbed anti National. Then entered the
siblings.It is poetic justice that Rahul ate humble pie in the
home turf. Down from Mrs Indira Gandhi and upto Rahul Education and
learning lessons had never been their forte. It is therefore anybody's
guess what Rahul could have learned within hours of election results.
in addition to Frog theory, Robert's ill timed desire to enter the
politics made people see real game plan and thrashed these worthies in
their own turf. Coming days you are going to enjoy more outbursts from
Diggy & co. As usual Sonia Madam and PM would maintain stiff upper lips
and stoic silence.

from:  R.Sethuraman
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:06 IST

People of India want a leader, not those who pass statements from one to other and can not take bold decisions. We want a leader who can feel the pulse, take a stand and stand by it not those who do not open their mouth when they think it will be politically incorrect. A leader for whom peoples are everything and not politics. India need a face and when the face will come, nobody can stop him/her.

from:  Ritesh Modi
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:04 IST

still how long they want the country in there dictatorship rule.. it is a very nice lesson taught by voters for promoting corruption in big way and they are shameless about backing their tainted man and so called their policies.. and also to the electronic media, they are always just behind him... but UP should come out of caste politics... then only we can see a much flourished big state of India.

from:  kamesh
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 19:01 IST

Let him learn from his defeat and improve the democratic system of congress party.

from:  sunil jaffer
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 18:28 IST

The reason for its debacle can be traced into its goverments economic polices. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening day by day. The dole out through PDS and MGNREA will hardly bring in cheers to the toiling mass. There is an awkward and shameful distribution of resources among the people. The benefits of science and technology are not shared equitably among the people. The policies of liberalization, privatization and globalization have made little impact among the majority of the people but the benefits of these policies are flowing towards the rich.

Unless the governments take serious steps to redistribute the resources in favour of the toiling masses, there is little hope for the Congress coming to power during the next election. The Indian National Congress party has a great responsibility towards the country to keep the nation together. If the party fails in its economic policy, the cohesion and the oneness of the country will be in jeopardy.

from:  A.Xavier
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 18:03 IST

In my opinion, its not Rahul. Its the negative impression created by Manmohan singh led government that lead to all this fall down of the Congress. It looks like this is not the end and also nowhere near the end, but just a starting of more things that are going to come until Elections next year. This is similar to what happened in Tamil nadu last year, where people actually didnt elect Jayalalitha, but its just that people didnt want DMK again.

from:  Sha
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 18:00 IST

What is more important a lesson that the Congress politicians should learn is, reaching to people does not end with election rallies. Our Indian masses have come of age, listening to empty promises and hefty overseas Swiss accounts!

from:  Dr Mohan Ganarajan
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:43 IST

He must have learnt a bitter lesson that his family no longer commands the kind of following like before and people have moved a long way from their slave mentality.
It is just the beginning.
In 2014, people will teach a bigger lesson for the congress party, to be remembered for a long time.
Like in UP, it is going to be a long and bitter battle for them to regain the confidence of the people.

from:  RAVIKUMAR P.G.
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:37 IST

Mr Rahul ! You need not try to improve Indian Political system, It is
process of political evolution, automatically people take better decisions and change the political systems.

from:  DTSREDDY
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:28 IST

Yes Mr. Gandhi, bravo for making your first appreciable statement in two months. This defeat was deserved, much awaited and thoroughly called for. Avoiding concrete issues like corruption and focusing on pseudo promises led to this dismal performance. It is mayhem and so is its politics. In 2014, dont repeat the mistakes.

from:  Vivek Tyagi
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:26 IST

Gone are the days when leaders could attract voters with charasmatic charm. Congress result in UP polls has saved India in two ways. First is the communal differences it tried to create at the last days of poll via Salaman Khurshid etc. These people don't understand that creating such type differences is more worse than what happened after Godhara. Second is that it has saved our current PM. If congress, by chance, win the next General Election then definitely India will get PM like Mr. Singh which would lot better if we get in form of Rahul Gandhi.

Anyway it is a lesson for Congress that you need to ground work to fit into people aspirations. Rallies and media converge is not going to work.

But I am worried how goondaraj is going to flourish in Mulayam Govt. My experience in his last government was very painful. Cows and buffaloes used to get more priority on roads than humans. :)

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:24 IST

Mr. Gandhi to “improve the political system” should acknowledge that
the political corruption, an art pioneered and perfected by
Congress, need to be rooted out. His maturity will continue to be
questioned as long as he shoots through the shoulder of the like of
Digvijay Singh whose foot in the mouth statements are legendry. He
should realize that the digital age require absolute transparency
and people cannot continued to be fooled. Nitish Kumar has shown
that only hard work and sincere development work will pay and
flaunting pedigree alone will fool none.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Mr.Rahul Gandhi is not a natural leader. A vested interest lobby in Congress always project unnatural leader like him to gain votes. Many times it backfires and even loss of life to these leaders.

from:  S Sridharan
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 17:08 IST

Mr. Rahul Gandhi, this country ruled by your family for 40+ years, we all know, what are the development done in this country. We have completed our 65+ years after getting freedom, still we are fighting for drinking water, Roads, Electricity, poverity. Let your work talk don't Promise.........plaese.

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:56 IST

At least Rahul Gandhi tried a different kind of campaign in UP. With SP the state will languish at the bottom and will continue to hold India back as a whole. I wish people of UP would learn to be a wise someday and choose a lesser of the evils instead of the worst of the lot.

from:  Jitendra Dutta
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:50 IST

Yes, owing responsibility for poll debacle in UP by Rahul is welcome. He need to first respect the local situation there, then leave his attitude of Gandhi dynasty will fetch votes irrespective of strong Congress local leaders or cadre. Stop fooling people by going to Dalits house and acting that he eats their food and sleep there! Rahul should respect local equations of any state. I think AndhraPradesh is also becoming UP where Congress will be routed, due to the Congress high command mistake in handling strong leaders in their own party. Anyways good luck Rahul!

from:  Goutham
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:48 IST

Well said by the chip of the old Block. His mature, well balanced
statement augurs well for the Indian Political system. Perhaps he will
have his winning game plan, required organisation set up and strategy
ready by Lok sabha Polls. The Country needs more such young, bold, well
intending, committed Rajivs to lead India in future to help India
prosper,remain united and free from authoritarian, corrupt and caste
ridden political system.

from:  krish
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:45 IST

Don't go on learning lessons for you have not attended any examinations
now. Do something good to the people and the nation.

from:  Gururajan Ramachandran
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:42 IST

The people of UP had given a fitting reply to this politician for his remark that had he willed he could have become PM at any time. Thank God - Manmohan would have been sent out had the Congress had won. As told by Nitish Kumar let him first become chief Minister and then let him talk of PM post

from:  ram
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:41 IST

Mr. Rahul, if this trend continues the Congress winning the 2014 Lok
Sabha elections will be a distant dream.

from:  SRAVANA RAMACHANDRAN
Posted on: Mar 6, 2012 at 16:40 IST
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