Fursatganj, Jun 2 (UNI) Admitting that it was a set back for Congress in the Karnataka Assembly elections, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today said it was high time to announce Lok Sabha candidates of the party.
''It was certainly a set back for the party in Karnataka and we could have performed better, if we had worked properly in the Assembly polls,'' he said.
Talking to mediapersons at the Fursatganj airport before his departure to New Delhi, Mr Gandhi accepted that the party should announce the candidates for Parliamentary elections now.
When he was asked that the party has earlier announced to declare names of the candidates for 2009 Lok Sabha elections by July 15, he said it was certainly the need of the hour after the recent poll debacle.
He also said he has responsibilities of the Youth Congress and commented that everyone knows it was not an old wine in new bottle. Nothing, but party's hard work and united efforts would bring better results.
When asked about his PM candidature, he politly said, ''You guys come up with your own ideas.'' Replying to a question about Sachin Tendulkar's participation in the rural match, he said Sachin is an idol of every youth of the country and he requested him to be the part of it.
''I am thankful to the master blaster that he accepted my request and boosted the efforts of the youths here, '' he added.
Mr Gandhi said this was just the beginning and a lot has yet to be done.
On being termed ''M S Dhoni for Congress'' he said such comparision is ''unethical.'' ''He is a cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team and their is no comparision between him and me,'' he said.
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