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Don’t use media to give views to party

Don’t use media to give views to party
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With recent statements from the likes of P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and HR Bhardwaj leaving it red-faced, Congress issued a gag order asking its leaders to \"desist\" from using the media to give suggestions to the party.

Chidambaram, Digvijay, Bhardwaj have put party in a fix

New Delhi: With recent statements from the likes of P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and HR Bhardwaj leaving it red-faced, Congress issued a gag order asking its leaders to "desist" from using the media to give suggestions to the party.

"All leaders should desist from giving their suggestions and views to the leadership publicly when there are various platforms within the party where they can put forth their viewpoints," AICC general secretary and the chairman of its communication department, Ajay Makens said.

The Congress leadership gives its leaders ample scope for airing their views on various matters and putting forth their suggestions for the betterment of the party, Maken insisted.

"They should save their suggestions to give those to the leadership directly when the high command holds discussions with them. They are senior leaders and, in the larger interest of the party, should eschew airing such views publicly when the party has provided them with adequate platforms to do the same," he said.

Sources, meanwhile, said that statements by leaders like Chidambaram, his son Karti Chidambaram, and Singh and Bhardwaj on various matters, including those related to Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, have not gone down well with the Congress leadership. Urging Rahul to be more "hands-on" since "I don't think he is now, not totally", Singh, Congress general secretary, had said "But he has to lead. Almost everyone in the country is waiting for the leadership to draw up a roadmap and tell the cadres what to do. All are prepared to fight it out."

Chidambaram had raised a storm by suggesting that former Finance Minister Manmohan Singh should have put his foot down and cancelled the 2G licences. He has also said he had suggested to the UPA government that the 2G licences be cancelled once the scandal had emerged.

Bhardwaj, a known Gandhi family loyalist, has pitched for a leadership role for Priyanka in Congress saying that Rahul is not capable of attracting crowds.

Asked how Rahul fared, Bhardwaj had said, "When I was in Karnataka, I saw Rahul is not capable of addressing a mass audience. He would meet 50 university and college students and leave. That's the basic difference."

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