Senior Congress leader B. Janardhana Poojary said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and president Sonia Gandhi cannot be blamed for the poor show of the party in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.

Talking to reporters after celebrating the birthday of Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Poojary said the party had taken responsibility for the poor performance in Delhi.

‘No Modi wave’

It was the charisma of Vasundhara Raje and not of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi that helped the Bharatiya Janata Party perform better in Rajasthan. The BJP retained power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There was no Modi wave in the Assembly elections.

Mr. Poojary said the Congress would fare better in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. It would be difficult for Mr. Modi to become Prime Minister as the BJP would not get support of regional parties namely the Samajawadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

Welcoming moves by the BJP to bring the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa back to the party fold, Mr. Poojary said it would be good to have all those accused of corruption in one party.

Earlier Mr. Poojary, Health Minister U.T. Khader and other party workers distributed oranges to residents of Prashanti Nilaya, a home for mentally ill persons. At a function, Mr. Poojary spoke in length about the contribution of Indira Gandhi and her family members towards development of the country.