We're united, Delhi Cong says after rap from Rahul

Ajay Maken, J P Agarwal pledge support to Dikshit

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office on Thursday, where he made clear that he will not tolerate any indiscipline in the party.

After his meeting, waring factions in the  city unit claimed that infighting had vanished, and they would join hands for the fourth consecutive Congress victory in the November Assembly elections.

The meeting in the morning was attended by chief minister Sheila Dikshit, her cabinet colleagues, MPs from Delhi and others.

According to a party source, Rahul told  partymen that Congress president Sonia Gandhi may be soft but he would not tolerate any nonsense.

“Gandhi’s message is loud and clear. He will not tolerate any indiscipline in the party, especially from those who have been sulking for different results, and that all should work together to strengthen the hands of chief minister Sheila Dikshit,” the source said.

Rahul did not speak to the media after the four-hour meeting, but he is learnt to have exhorted partymen to bury their differences and work together for the party.

Concerned over media reports of a cold war between DPCC chief J P Agarwal and chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Rahul said he will not allow this to continue and will be strict with anyone found indulging in anti-party activities.

 The effect of the threat was seen soon after, with Agarwal and Union minister Ajay Maken denying any difference with the chief minister.

“We had some differences earlier but now everything is fine. We will work together for the fourth consecutive win in the Assembly elections,” said Agarwal.

When asked how his years of differences with the CM could go away in matter of a few hours, Agarwal said, “We did not have a property dispute, only difference of opinion on certain issues.”

Maken told reporters said that he too did not have any differences with Dikshit and he would give her all the support required to rope in victory in the Assembly elections.
Apart from directing partymen to concentrate on Assembly elections, Gandhi also sought decentralisation of power and asked to take the opinion of lowest functionaries in decision-making.

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