New Delhi: Former Union minister Hansraj Bharadwaj, a true loyalist of the Gandhi family, took a swipe at his own party on Thursday, saying that the Congress will not rise again in the country.
However, the veteran Congress leader kept away from blaming Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the poor performance of party in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
While talking to a news agency, Bhardwaj said: "People are not ready to listen any more. Congress won't rise again. Congress is responsible."
"Aur main us bechari (Sonia Gandhi) ko koi dosh nahin deta (And I don't blame that helpless lady)," he said.
He also stressed the need to bring back Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the forefront for the revival of Congress party.
"Not bringing Priyanka Gandhi into politics is another reason why people are not happy. Being communal or secular at one's will is not the way," he said.
Bhardwaj also lashed out at some of his party leaders for the present condition.
"The new forces are very strong. There are three to four leaders, they only decide what is right and what is wrong," Bhardwaj said.
"And Congress took the senior experienced leaders by the ear and took them out," he was quoted as saying.
"Imagine the amount of foul play when a man like Manmohan Singh is summoned by the court," said the Congress leader.
Bhardwaj also praised former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit for her leadership role in the state. He said Sheila Dikshit had done good work in the capital but was now sitting at home.
"This party isn't anyone's personal property," he said.