The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly asserted that rebels who contest elections against official nominees should not be re-inducted into the organisation, but the Gujarat Congress has defied this diktat.
Sabarkantha district Congress member Rumalbhai Arjanbhai Dhrangi had left the party after he was denied ticket from Khedbrahma reserved (Scheduled Tribe) constituency in the December 2012 assembly elections in Gujarat.
He later contested as an independent candidate and stood at the third place, securing 11,294 votes. The seat, however, was retained by sitting Congress legislator Ashvin Kotwal.
Several Gujarat Youth Congress leaders had come in for a surprise when Dhrangi was spotted at a meeting of the Youth Congress national executive at Dhar in Madhya Pradesh on April 24 this year. Rahul Gandhi had chaired the meeting.
Irked by his presence, many state Youth Congress leaders have now approached the central leadership over Dhrangi's return to the party.
They also termed his presence at the Youth Congress meet as "breach of security" since Gandhi is an SPG protectee and alleged that an AICC general secretary had "facilitated his re-induction" into the party.
However, Dhrangi said he had withdrawn from the contest at the last minute after "a compromise deal" with state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia and central leader Madhusudan Mistry. "I had not left the party and continue to be its member," he said.
On his presence at the Youth Congress national executive, Dhrangi said he had attended the meeting as a representative of tribal panchayats.