New Delhi: After being reduced to just 44 MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha, Congress leaders have come out in the support of Rahul Gandhi and are shielding him by taking collective responsibility for the party's debacle. In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN's Sagarika Ghose, former Union minister Kamal Nath said, "If the government cannot convey its perception to people, than Rahul cannot be held responsible. I don't see any reason that they (Sonia, Rahul) should resign. They have accepted the responsibility."
He played down demands that Rahul should resign as the party vice president taking the responsibility. "It is the party which can remove Rahul Gandhi. The party is not removing him, it is the party that made him the vice president. It's the party which is asking Rahul Gandhi to represent it. The Congress failed in communicating to the people. This is an organisational issue," said Nath.
Nath also added that the Congress didn't expect such a support for the BJP. "These results were unexpected. Politics have changed but we never expected this," said Nath.
However, he added that the politics of the BJP would not work in the long run. "Congress campaign is based on its history, people will understand that the BJP politics is not going to work," he said.
He added, "Inflation was an issue and BJP was able to make it an issue. It was perceived that UPA-2 could not create jobs, also corruption was a huge issue," he added.
While accepting the party's failure to connect with the people, Nath added, "The structure of Congress Working Committee needs to be looked at and the state organisations should get more autonomy."