In an apparent reference to Uttar Pradesh party chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi's remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has urged party workers never to lose "mutual respect" for political leaders and ideologies and always observe "diplomacy and decorum".
In an editorial in the latest issue of party mouthpiece Sandesh, Gandhi has asked partymen to "inculcate the habit of diplomacy and decorum in expressing our anguish whenever required".
"Lately it has been seen that political leaders have become prone to using intemperate language while reacting to political situations," Gandhi writes.
"Mutual respect for political leaders and ideologies must never be lost," she has added.
The Congress president has also urged partymen not to become complacent now after the Lok Sabha victory.
"Amidst the euphoria of victory, we should continue to realise that now our responsibility has enhanced," she has said.
Appealing to partymen to work for the people, Gandhi also said that in the next five years the party workers should make efforts to "exceed the expectations" of the electorate.
Joshi was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for her remarks against Mayawati on July 15. She is out on interim bail. Sonia Gandhi had expressed regrets over Joshi's remarks.