RV takes moral responsibility for Congress debacle in State

Deshpande, who was in the capital to meet the party top brass, told reporters that he had explained the reasons for the party’s debacle. He called on the party Karnataka in-charge and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here and explained the reasons for the defeat.

Without elaborating, the State Congress chief said: “As the party State unit president, I am ready to take moral responsibility for this temporary setback.” However, he hastened to add: “Neither was I asked to quit nor has the party sought my resignation.”

In the by-elections held for five seats, the Congress won only one seat. Deshpande said the BJP was able to win two seats as it used money power and misused the official machinery. He, however, admitted that the poor organisational skills of the Congress leadership and lack of a proper strategy to counter other parties contributed to the defeat of the party candidates.

Welcoming the resignation of Housing and Muzrai Minister V Somanna, Deshpande said Social Welfare Minister D Sudhakar should also quit the Government immediately.
The CBI has named Sudhakar in its charge sheet in an alleged fraud case.

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