"The issue here is of an ideology that is quashing the fundamentals of what this country stands for, and that is what I am against," Rahul told the media here at an event where the Congress released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections.

He said it was not a question of "personal like or dislike for an individual but the dangers represented by the ideology".

The Congress vice-president acknowledged that there were shortcomings in the Congress primaries held to pick Lok Sabha candidates but asserted that it was a powerful idea.

"Fifteen candidates have been chosen by primaries and this demonstrated that the decision on selecting candidates can be made by taking into account the inputs of a large number of party members," he said.

(Agencies)

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