New Delhi, July 2: In yet another embarrassment to the Congress, former Union Minister and former Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj criticised his party saying his party is too weak to counter the ruling BJP at Centre.
Bhardwaj told Indian Express that the Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi were "out of touch with the ground reality".
While responding to a question on whether the Congress had the ability to counter Narendra Modi, he was quoted as saying, "No, they are not in a fit state of health to control this powerful campaigner (Modi) who is backed by a powerful cadre. That is why there was a virtual walkover in 2014."
He even critcised the party's decision of disrupting the proceedings of the parliament in the upcoming Monsoon Session to press for demand of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi issue.
"I don't think it is proper to take such a decision. Whoever has violated any law, the legal course must, and will, follow. But stopping the house from functioning is not good parliamentary practice.
Parliament is the highest forum for discussing important issues concerning the people. Even this (Modi-Swaraj-Raje) issue can be discussed on the floor of the house. If the Congress is keen, they (Congress leaders) should discuss this in Parliament, showcase their skills," Bhardwaj was quoted by Indian Express.
On the issue of attacking Raje's son, MP Dushyant Singh, and Dholpur Palace, he appealed the Congress leaders to keep away from BJP's internal politics.
This is not the first ocassion when Bhardwaj has criticised party's decisions and questioned the leadership of 'grand-old-party of India'.
Earlier in the month of March, he made a direct attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleging that she "shared no responsibility" and was in the "grip of sycophants and corrupt people".
"It is a matter of great sorrow that our leaders are getting summons from the court... Those at the top level including at the level of the Prime Minister."
Bhardwaj's statement has certainly given fresh ammunition to the BJP to take a dig at the Congress and its leadership which is making every possible attempt to sideline the Modi Government which is facing its first ever allegations of corruption.