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Rahul on 2-week leave, clarifies Congress; Digvijaya says timing could have been better

Rahul on 2-week leave, clarifies Congress; Digvijaya says timing could have been better
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has gone on two weeks’ leave during the ongoing Budget session of Parliament, while his party said on Tuesday shot down General Secretary Digvijaya Singh’s statement finding fault with the “timing” of the leave. “We have made known the whole situation quite clearly. Do not try to find various meanings, possibilities in it and resort to speculation and spread the needle of suspicion. We reject such attempts to speculate other possibilities”, said Congress party spokesman Randeep Surjewala. Replying to a volley of questions, he, however, said Gandhi has gone on “two weeks leave”.

He steered clear of questions whether Gandhi is in India or abroad and whether he was angry and sulking.”You should not pay attention to such kind of things”, he remarked when a reporter queried further on the issue. Asked about Digvijay Singh’s tweet questioning the timing of Gandhi’s leave, Surjewala snapped “I have not seen his statement. That could be his opinion”. Singh had found fault with the “timing” of Rahul Gandhi’s sudden sabbatical but defended his decision to take a break for reflecting in the wake of the party’s wipe-out in the Delhi Assembly elections on top of a string of electoral losses. “If Rahul wans to reflect, what went wrong why criticise him? Every one wants some peace to reflect. Only timing could have been better,” Singh tweeted. “Rahul Gandhi has articulated the Congress viewpoint”, Surjewala insisted when a reporter wanted to know whether Gandhi should have “led from the front” on the controversial land ordinance.

While their party colleague Sandeep Dikshit said that Rahul Gandhi had fought for the Land Bill and when it was being debated on Tuesday in Parliament he is missing. “His absence in Parliament is disappointing,” added Dikshit.
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