Smarting under the defeat in the Lok Sabha and assembly by-elections, Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Akhilesh Singh Yadav on Thursday said he was ready to accept any challenge thrown at him by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi [ Images ].
"I have not challenged anybody but if I am challenged, I will accept it," he said when asked if he was daring Rahul Gandhi politically, who is being credited for actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar's victory in the Lok Sabha by-elections in Ferozabad.
Addressing a press conference, along with his wife Dimple, who lost out to Babbar, Yadav took a dig at the Congress leader. He congratulated Gandhi for Congress' victory in Firozabad, but added that the All India [ Images ] Congress Committee general secretary should also accept the blame for his party's defeat in the assembly by-polls in the state.
The Congress has won only one out of the 11 assembly seats that went for by-polls in Uttar Pradesh [ Images ].
Holding the Congress responsible for the backwardness of Uttar Pradesh, Yadav said, "Spending a night at a Dalit's house will not do away with poverty. These people should also tell them who is responsible for their condition".
He quipped that while the Congress had been campaigning for a young leadership, they fielded 'an old person' in Firozabad.