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Move out of AC cabins,talk to voters: Rahul to Delhi unit

Refuses discussion on poll campaign or ticket distribution,says party must come together to win elections.

With Assembly elections in Delhi just months away,AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday addressed all party functionaries stressing on the need for unity to ensure a Congress victory. Gandhi warned party workers,MLAs,ministers and MPs of strict action against any indiscipline and said the party needed to be strengthened before taking major poll campaign decisions.

A Congress MP said Gandhi did not entertain any discussion over ticket distributions or poll campaign. “Rahul Gandhi said none of this would be discussed before block and district units in Delhi were strengthened. He said the party’s strength was its local units and a lot of work still needed to be done,” the MP said.

According to sources in Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC),Gandhi also asked Delhi’s ministers to start campaigns at the local level.

“Rahulji asked all the ministers to move out of their AC cabins and cars and start taking the party’s message to the electorate. He also asked senior,veteran leaders not to consider block and district functionaries as competitors and work together instead,” a senior Congress MLA said.

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The meeting was organised at the DPCC headquarters in Central Delhi,where Gandhi met hundreds of Congress functionaries between 10 am and 4 pm.

DPCC president J P Agarwal said,“This was a meeting to strengthen the party. In fact,Mr Gandhi spoke less and gave district and block level leaders a chance to speak their minds. He wanted to gauge the morale and mood of the party.”

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the meeting “charged the party cadre”.

“I think the party needed something like this at this point in time. He heard what all of us had to say and reiterated the need for the party to come together and chalk out a winning strategy,” Dikshit said.

Sources in the DPCC said Gandhi’s visit to the DPCC office ended the “cold war” between Agarwal and Dikshit. “There has been a lack of coordination between the government and the party organisation for some time now. But this has been taken care of. This meeting served as a morale boost for the party cadre,” a DPCC functionary said.