Don't cross the party line, Rahul tells Cong leaders

Jul 23 2013, 04:05 IST
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SummaryRahul Gandhi sent a veiled message to senior party leaders who have been speaking out-of-turn, saying the party should focus on “positive” politics.

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram Monday asked his party to go on an offensive to showcase the UPA’s success story in public maintaining that the Congress-led government’s performance has been much better than that of the previous NDA regime. At a workshop for party leaders and spokes-persons from across the country, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi sent a veiled message to senior party leaders who have been speaking out-of-turn, saying the party should focus on “positive” politics.

Gandhi told them that the Opposition’s propaganda against the government needs to be tackled, but leaders should stay within the realm of decency.

Making it clear that the party was getting battle-ready, Gandhi as well as top ministers, including Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, K V Thomas and Jairam Ramesh, spent a day-long session with around 200 leaders and spokespersons handpicked from across the country, educating them about the food security initiative, reform measures and the FDI blitz and asking them to use the social media platforms much more aggressively to counter the BJP.

The message was clear — the party should go on an offensive to highlight the UPA’s growth story in the run-up to the general election.

Gandhi, it is learnt, said party men should speak in one voice and reminded them that as spokespersons and panelists they should not air their individual views or seek to project themselves. When some delegates from Gujarat pointed out that Modi’s campaign machinery was spreading wrong information, Gandhi, it is learnt, said the propaganda and lies have to be tackled but the party should rely on truth. “We have to seek the truth,” he said. A new social media network for the Congress — christened Khidkee — is being made operational to ensure a coordinated approach in disseminating party’s views.

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