Stop personal attacks, Rahul tells spokespersons

Rahul said there should not be any personal attack on political opponents. He wanted the party to focus on nailing the lies of the opposition.

New Delhi | Updated: February 7, 2014 8:53 am

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Rahul Gandhi asked the party’s spokespersons to focus on nailing what he called ‘lies’ of the opposition. (Photo: Reuters)

Days after Mani Shankar Aiyar stoked a controversy with his personal remarks against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday disapproved of personal attacks against political opponents as he asked the party’s spokespersons to focus on nailing what he called “lies” of the opposition.

Rahul said this while interacting with the newly appointed spokespersons for the Congress. He did not name anyone, but his advice to spokespersons to refrain from making personal attacks came after some of the leaders present spoke about the row kicked up by Aiyar’s remarks to argue that such controversies are an unnecessary distraction.

“Rahul said there should not be any personal attack on political opponents. He wanted the party to focus on nailing the lies of the opposition,” a leader said. Although his remarks were general, it came after some leaders spoke about the Aiyar controversy. This led to an impression that it was aimed at Aiyar.

During the AICC session last month, Aiyar had stoked the controversy with his remarks that “Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister of the country. But if he wants to distribute tea here, we will find a place for him.” The BJP is politically exploiting Aiyar’s jibe at Modi and has already announced the launch of a campaign that will allow people to engage with Modi over a cup of tea.

Sources said Rahul was appreciative of the job being done by the spokespersons against tremendous odds. He is learnt to have told them that the UPA government has done phenomenal work in the last ten years and asked them to defend the government with all their might. The meeting saw party leaders underlining the need to expose the Opposition by pointing out deficiencies in their claims backed with data. Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad underlined the need to focus more on regional media.

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    kvl
    Nov 17, 2015 at 8:06 pm
    It is Rahul hi who made personal attacks on PM Modi, saying suit-boot wala. Better he learnt and as his followers are crossing limits in abusing other parties he is cautioning them. He knew people recognised their ability and it will boomerang if they go too much. Healthy criticism is always welcome but not like mani who is spewing venom.and antinational
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      Atul Sharma
      Feb 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm
      It is all bull. People like Digvijay/Kapil Sibbal/Rahul hi/Tewari/Jaiswal will never practice these. It is again a poor statement made by RG. Just waste of time. Atul Sharma (Middle East)
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        Atul Sharma
        Feb 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm
        It is all bull. People like Digvijay/Kapil Sibbal/Rahul hi/Tewari/Jaiswal will never practice these. It is again a poor statement made by RG. Just waste of time. Atul Sharma (Middle East)
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          Nia Bansal
          Feb 7, 2014 at 6:46 am
          GOOD MANNERS. All parties should be faithful to parliamentary language in political speech.
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            pooja
            Feb 7, 2014 at 8:37 am
            I hope all the congress leader helps the congress party to make positive and power full party rather then wasting their time on other issues.
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              Mahi Kumari
              Feb 7, 2014 at 7:15 am
              Rahul always give respect to opposition he never give any wrong statement about Modi & BJP but Modi & BJP always give shameful statement over Rahul hi, BJP should understand from Rahul hi how to give respect to your opposition.
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                Mahi Kumari
                Feb 7, 2014 at 7:15 am
                Rahul always give respect to opposition he never give any wrong statement about Modi & BJP but Modi & BJP always give shameful statement over Rahul hi, BJP should understand from Rahul hi how to give respect to your opposition.
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                  Komal Tanwar
                  Feb 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
                  BJP's Narendar Modi always p personal comment on Rahul hi but Rahul is big hearted man so he never give any wrong statement on any individual, so BJP also stop tells him as "Shejda".
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