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Rahul steps in to soothe frayed tempers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, January 18, 2013
First Published: 00:49 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(18/1/2013)

A day before the much-awaited brainstorming session of the Congress starts here on Friday, party general secretary Rahul Gandhi stepped in to maintain the delicate balance between the representation of the party’s senior and junior delegates at the event.

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Gandhi, according to sources, asked Youth Congress president Rajiv Satav to prune the list of handpicked youth delegates by almost a fourth. The youth brigade for the session comprised Youth Congress and NSUI representatives. Initially, around 160 such delegates were supposed to come. But now only 125 young faces will be seen at the meet, which will decide on the future road map of the party.

Gandhi’s move came after several senior leaders expressed unhappiness over the manner in which even Congress secretaries and UPA’s ministers of state were denied invitation to accommodate Youth Congress and NSUI members.

Meanwhile, the brain-storming session is likely to have an additional session on science and technology and education during its two-day meet at Jaipur. This addition, taking the total number of sessions to six, was done at the behest of Gandhi, who favours special focus on these areas.

While many Congress leaders have already arrived in Jaipur, a morning flight from Delhi to Jaipur has been almost entirely booked by the party for Union ministers.


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