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After Punjab, rebellion in Rajasthan Cong

jaipur Updated: Apr 05, 2012 00:10 IST
HT Correspondents

A group of 12 Congress legislators from Rajasthan met party general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday and complained against the state government.

An MLA claimed Gandhi assured them that he will personally look into the issue, at the same time chief minister Ashok Gehlot downplayed the meeting and called it a healthy indicator of democracy.

"I have told MLAs to avoid talking about party issues in public. It damages the party's image. I have told them to approach me for governance issues and the party high command for grievances against the chief minister," he said.

The delegation, comprising Colonel Sonaram, Ganga Sahai Sharma, CL Premi, Daulat Ram, Pana Chand Meghwal, Zakir Hussain, Ruparam Dudi, Lal Shankar Gatiya, Sajjan Kataria, Ganesh Singh Parmar, Pushkar Dangi, Pradeep Kumar Singh and Udai Lal Anjana, later met senior leaders Janardan Dwivedi and Motilal Vora.

In Punjab, the on going battle within the party unit escalated when some defeated candidates walked out of a meeting chaired by Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh.

Former MLA Sukhpal Khair -- who has been demanding a change of guard in Punjab Congress-- Ripjit Brar, Mangat Rai Bansal, Surinderpal Sibia and Raman Bhalla walked out, saying there should be serious introspection over the poll debacle instead of organising "social get-togethers". Four others did not attend.

Amarinder had called a meeting of 71 candidates to discuss the reasons for their defeat.

In Delhi, Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad met Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana to iron out the differences between the two.

Rahul Gandhi will also meet party leaders from UP for three days from Thursday to discuss the poll outcome.

On its part, the Congress said the problems confronting the organisation would be sorted out soon. "You will see in the near future everything will be satisfactorily sorted out," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.