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Muslim League finger at Rahul

Thiruvananthapuram, May 21: Congress ally Muslim League has hit out at Rahul Gandhi, saying his “one-man show” did not benefit his party.

The criticism appeared in the editorial column of the League’s Malayalam mouthpiece Chandrika.

While lauding Rahul’s attempts to “touch India’s mind”, the editorial said he should have known that merely “roaming around” wasn’t enough.

“Rahul reposed faith only in some young leaders around him for the campaign. Experienced leaders were kept out of the war room set up at Rahul’s house. Even Jairam Ramesh who helped script the campaign slogans in 2004 and 2009 was shunned. The Rahul brigade learnt nothing from repeated failures in various state Assembly polls. Projecting Rahul Gandhi, who did not have the experience of handling any portfolio even in any state government, made it easier for Narendra Modi to effectively use his hi-tech methods,” the article in the daily added.

It said leadership crunch in states other than Kerala, absence of strong allies, wrong economic policies, corruption, price rise and administrative failures fast-pedalled the loss, and welcomed moves to reorganise the party machinery.

The League said the editorial should be seen as constructive criticism but the sudden attack from the trusted Kerala ally left Congress leaders shaken. State unit chief V.M. Sudheeran said it was not proper to isolate Rahul and dump all the blame on him.

In Delhi, the League’s all-India president and former Union minister E. Ahmed told a private TV channel: “We will deal with Modi as Prime Minister of the country, not as an individual, and our approach will be issue based.”