Rahil Nora Chopra : With Rahul Gandhi loyalists holding UPA responsible for the weakening of the party, Congress functionaries have come out in defence of the 2004-2014 government, calling it “transformative” and alleged a ‘malicious campaign’ by various political parties. In a meeting of Rajya Sabha members chaired by Sonia Gandhi, new MP Rajeev Satav countered a demand by Congress veterans for introspection into the 2019 defeat by blaming the UPA era. Congress MP Manish Tewari called for a settlement of the leadership issue. Senior member Anand Sharma posted an 11-tweet thread to defend the UPA. He wrote: “Congressmen must be proud of UPA’s legacy. No party disowns or discredits its legacy. Nobody expects BJP to be charitable and give us credit but our own should respect and not forget.” Shashi Tharoor said “lessons had to be learned from election defeats but not by playing into the hands of our ideological enemies”. As the storm grew, Satav clarified that he had never questioned Singh’s leadership and blamed the media.