Can’t tolerate party leaders speak against own govts: Rahul

Angry over senior Congress leaders targeting their rivals at a meetings convened by him to seek their views on how to strengthen the organisation

Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 1:34 am

Angry over senior Congress leaders targeting their rivals at a meetings convened by him to seek their views on how to strengthen the organisation,Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday lashed out at these leaders warning them that it will “not be tolerated”.

At a meeting with Congress MPs from Haryana,Rahul was learnt to have repeatedly said,“I will not tolerate indiscipline. I cannot have party MPs speaking against own governments. I can’t let the Congress become its own opposition as it is happening in many states.”

This came a day after MPs from Delhi,including Ajay Maken and Mahabal Mishra,criticised the Sheila Dikshit government’s decision to trifurcate the Municipal Corporation of Delhi citing it as the main reason for the party’s loss in the civil polls last year. At a previous meeting,Delhi PCC chief J P Agrawal had criticised Dikshit for not extending cooperation to the party.

Rahul’s outburst at Tuesday’s meeting,however,pre-empted any criticism of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda by his detractors. Despite repeated prompting by Rahul,Union Minister Kumari Selja and Rao Inderjit Singh refrained from speaking at the meeting. Known as Hooda-baiters,these two were the only ones to remain silent even as 11 other MPs expressed their views.

“I cannot let the office of PCC become a stage to attack the office of Chief Minister. PCC president’s role is to strengthen the organisation. We cannot weaken our institution of Chief Minister. People used to come to me with complaints about discrimination in jobs and government postings in Haryana. I got it verified. Actually,there is no such discrimination,” Rahul Gandhi was learnt to have asserted at the meeting. He cited Rajasthan and Maharashtra among the states where he saw “Congress versus Congress” battles,according to sources.

Rahul’s clean chit to the Hooda government came in the backdrop of Rao Inderjit Singh’s public criticism of the CM at a recent rally in which he floated Haryana Insaaf Manch. At the meeting on Tuesday,while most of the MPs praised the Hooda government,the only exception was Rajya Sabha MP Ishwar Singh who complained that the Scheduled Castes are getting a raw deal in Haryana and even though the acting PCC chief is a Dalit,SC leaders are being ignored.

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