NEW DELHI: A day after Rahul Gandhi loyalists in Congress charged that UPA-II was responsible for the fall in party fortunes post-2014, Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari strongly defended the UPA government saying it was a victim of internal sabotage via the then CAG Vinod Rai who gave a “fake report on 2G”.
“Was UPA responsible for decline in fortunes of Congress in 2014 is a valid question — must be gone into? Equally valid is was UPA sabotaged from within? 2019 defeat must also be analysed. No charge against UPA has stood the test of law six years on,” he tweeted. “…. ex CAG Vinod Rai and his fraudulent 2G report. What would be interesting to find out someday is not that the report was FAKE but who set him to it,” he added.
The claim came in the backdrop of a clash between party functionaries over what was behind the continuing slide in Congress popularity with people. Young MP Rajeev Satav said any review will have to go back to the UPA-II. He argued that performance of the Congress-led government and neglect of organisation after 2009 had saddled the party with negatives which continued to hobble it.
Tewari told TOI that all-round transformative changes in social sector brought in by UPA were responsible for the uplift of the poor and they should not be lost sight of.


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