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Rahul laments growing trend of bureaucracy driving govt

PTI  New Delhi, March 07, 2013
First Published: 21:39 IST(7/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:42 IST(7/3/2013)

Days after disapproving the "high command culture" in the party, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that chief ministers are imposed from above unlike in the past.

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Interacting with party MPs from Rajasthan, he also lamented about the growing trend in states, where the bureaucracy was driving the government and the media driving the bureaucracy, sources said.

He made the remarks in the lengthy meeting held at a time when the Assembly elections are not far away.

Talking to some of the MPs on Tuesday, Rahul also gave signals that he was against the 'high command culture', saying he wants to empower more and more people than a handful, who call the shots.

The 42-year-old leader had told the MPs in no uncertain terms that the organisation was his priority and he was preparing for a long haul.

There were some light moments during the interaction today with Rahul noting that a number of the Rajya Sabha MPs from Rajasthan belong to other states, to which some of the Rajashtan-based leaders responded saying "we embrace all".

The meeting also saw some complaints that the central ministers do not listen to them and so is the situation in the state, where the state government is also not bothered about the MPs.

Some MPs complained to Rahul that due weightage is not given to party MLAs as far in implementation of development schemes in their areas.

Gandhi, however, told MPs to "forget internal differences" and concentrate on strengthening the organisation.

A Union minister, who attended the meeting said that Congress should focus on increasing its vote share.


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