Cong prez Sonia is soft, I am not: Rahul tells party leaders

May 23, 2013

New Delhi: With assembly election just months away, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today asked party leaders in Delhi to work unitedly to ensure a fourth successive victory for the party in the polls and sent out a clear message that indiscipline will not be tolerated by him.

At around five-hour long interaction with separate groups of Congress workers at DPCC office in Central Delhi, Gandhi underlined the need for better coordination between the party and the government while asking MLAs, MPs and senior leaders to start preparations for the polls slated for November.

Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Rahul Gandhi. PTI

"The Congress President is soft. But I am not soft. I will not tolerate indiscipline. We must work unitedly," Gandhi was quoted as saying by two MLAs.

The Congress Vice President held separate meetings of MPs, MLAs, district and block presidents of each of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi. He held a separate meeting with party councillors from all three municipal corporations besides having another meeting with MLAs, MPs and Pradesh Congress Committee delegates.

"Rahul Gandhi told us to work unitedly and prepare for the assembly polls," said Ajay Maken, MP from New Delhi and Union Minister for Housing and Poverty Alleviation.

MP from Chandni Chowk Constituency Kapil Sibal said Gandhi asked party workers to further strengthen the party at the grassroot level. "Rahul Gandhi aims to strengthen the party," he said.

Another MP said Gandhi instructed the party leaders to take the achievements of Sheila Dikshit government as well as UPA government to the people.

A majority of party leaders, who attended the interactions today, described their meeting with Gandhi as a "morale booster".

PTI

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