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Rahul Gandhi takes HP leaders to task

Gandhi snubbed party’s top leadership saying party lost Assembly election due to infighting.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Kullu | Published: July 3, 2012 3:04:13 am

The AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday snubbed the party’s top leadership in state saying the party lost the last Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh due to infighting and if the leaders didn’t mend their ways,they’ll continue to sit in the Opposition in the future too.

While asking the workers to close ranks and put up a united show at the hustings,he took on the top leaders of the state telling them that the recommendations of block and district committees would be given weightage while allocating tickets.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that four or five leaders of the party rule the roost while the rest,including the district and block committee leaders,only discharge their responsibilities without realizing their fundamental rights. You (district and block committee ) must assert your rights,” Rahul told partyworkers during separate closed door meetings in Kullu.

Stating that only a native of the area should be given ticket,Rahul said,“Paratroopers will not be accommodated.”

The tickets would be allocated in advance to enable candidates to have adequate time for campaigning,he said and added that sycophancy or lobbying won’t get the leaders tickets.

Though top leaders including Union Minister Anand Sharma,former CM Virbhadra Singh,PCC president Kaul Singh Thakur,CLP leader Vidya Stokes among others were present during the meetings,Rahul was more keen on interacting with party cadres.

He did not talk about naming the chief ministerial candidate ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled in the state later this year even as a leader from Chihioat area of Mandi district suggested that the party can’t return to power in the state without former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

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