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I won’t be soft like my mother, says Rahul

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 24, 2013
First Published: 01:29 IST(24/5/2013) | Last Updated: 22:01 IST(24/5/2013)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi sent out an unusually blunt message to his party colleagues on Thursday, promising to be tougher than his mother in dealing with factionalism and indiscipline.

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“I will not be soft like my mother. I will stringently deal with factionalism,” Gandhi told the state Congress leaders, party sources told HT.

Meeting Congress MPs, MLAs, councillors and party functionaries from Delhi at the state Congress office, Gandhi said he would tackle indiscipline with an iron hand.

With early Lok Sabha elections a possibility and Delhi assembly polls due in November this year, Gandhi insisted on strengthening the state leadership and better coordination between the party and the government.

“He woke up all of us. We will fight elections together,” Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit told reporters after the meeting.

Gandhi’s call for better co-ordination between the party and the Delhi government comes after reported differences between Dikshit and Delhi Pradesh Congress president and MP Jai Prakash Aggarwal.

Aggarwal, however, insisted the differences had been resolved.

“We had differences. It is a family and there was nothing unusual in having differences. But today, the differences were resolved. We will work together,” Aggarwal said.


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