With his surprise sabbatical “for a few weeks” sparking speculations, Congress today jumped in to damage control asserting that Gandhi will actively take part in all party processes after he comes back from the leave in near future.
Gandhi’s going on leave was announced on the eve of the budget session of parliament in which the party had earlier decided to target the government in a big way on land ordinance issue and Gandhi himself was slated to lead a party agitation at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.
Gandhi will not be able to attend Wednesday’s event and he is likely to remain absent from Parliament in its crucial first week when the general budget and railway budget are to be presented.
His sudden leave has set off speculations about his future role in the party and also that he was unhappy with lobbies of some senior leaders close to the party President, whom he wanted to go in the upcoming AICC reshuffle soon.
Some of the ideas of the Congress Vice President on party reforms have not found favour with a dominant section of the old guard and the tension between the two sets of viewpoints have been reflected time and again, party sources said.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, however, rejected the specualtions saying he “condemns and denies such unjustifiable” questions”.
He said Rahul Gandhi requested the Congress President that he needs a few weeks time to “reflect both on recent events related to the party and its future course” as he believes that this “introspection” is vital for the party.
“He (Rahul) believes that the AICC session (expected in the first week of April) is vital and he would like to give specific inputs on this. He wants to do introspection with what happened with regard to Congress in recent times and earlier,” Singhvi said.