Reflecting the deepening chasm between the old guard and Team Rahul, a group of young Congress Secretaries today attacked senior leaders going public with "negative" comments damaging the party's image even as Rahul Gandhi sought to downplay the rift.
Expressing their strong disapproval against veterans "going public with negative comments", the young AICC secretaries today met Janardan Dwivedi, who had made some carping comments recently, to convey their displeasure.
"We, the undersigned, have been observing and feeling very strongly that, of late, there comes a statement from different rungs of Congressmen which is not in the interest of the party.
"If there is any concern it should be expressed in a very dignified manner and at an appropriate place within the party forum.....but surely not in the way which has been by some of our respected senior Congressmen.
"It should also be noted that these are the very leaders who are expressing their views in public in recent times themselves have been part and parcel of the party's highest decision making body," the young leaders said in a letter handed over to Dwivedi.
The letter does not name any leader in person but it was apparently aimed at number of leaders, who have criticised Gandhi and his team's strategy during the polls. The latest instance was of Digvijay Singh, who said that Rahul Gandhi's silence on critical issues had contributed to their loss in the "war of perception".
Dwivedi had recently made remarks prescribing a cut-off age for taking up active posts, which also elicited angry reactions as one of the secretaries suggested that those advocating any such thing should "first set an example" by quitting from their posts.
However, Digvijay Singh said he welcomed the demand of the young leaders "for change".
On his party, the Congress Vice President, who was on a visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi sought to paper over the rift.
"There are multiple voices in Congress party" and all these voices will bring solution to it. There are always these types of tension and we will deal with them," he said when his comments were sought on the infighting after the election debacle.
The young leaders said that those saying that Rahul Gandhi did not speak enough should also understand that some of them spoke too much and that damaged the party.
Dwivedi has been asked to circulate the letter to all senior leaders, Congress Working Committee members and general secretaries, the AICC