Jagdish Kumar Sharma, national vice president, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), posted pictures of Rahul Gandhi camping near Gangotri in the hills of Uttarakhand.

Sharma also told a private TV news channel on Wednesday that Rahul visits Uttarakhand every year.

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“I posted pictures of Rahul ji to debunk the reports that were doing the rounds about him being in Bangkok,'' he added.
However, Congress vice president's office has denied the claims that the party vice-president was in Uttarakhand. His office claimed the pictures circulating on Twitter are from a 2008 trip, said reports.

 

 

Congress on Tuesday announced that Rahul Gandhi has gone on two weeks' 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", party spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters.

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Replying to a volley of questions, he, however, said Gandhi has gone on "two weeks leave".

Timing could have been better, says Digvijay

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has found fault with the "timing" of Rahul Gandhi's sabbatical but defended his decision to take time out to reflect in the wake of a string of electoral reverses suffered by the party.

"If Rahul wans (sic) to reflect what went wrong why criticise him? Every one wants some peace to reflect. Only timing could have been better," Congress general secretary Singh said in a tweet.


    
While BJP and Shiv Sena have taken potshots at Rahul and Congress, seemingly revelling in the party's discomfiture, Congress members have contended that there was nothing wrong with leaders taking a break.
    
Rahul -- the party vice president -- would contribute more meaningfully after he comes back from his leave ahead of the proposed AICC session in April, they said.

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