Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the meeting was a "routine" engagement that was "long due" since Gandhi returned from a 56-day leave of absence.

Gandhi's two-hour long meeting saw a "free and frank discussion" but he was not inclined to entertain blame games.

Sources said when some secretaries complained against some individuals, Gandhi asked them to tell him instead what activities they have carried out in the states, of which they were given the charge.

"It was a regular organisation meeting with AICC secretaries. He interacted with them on political issues, routine matters and took stock of organisational structures and changes, including the membership  issues," Surjewala said.

Sources said that secretaries were also directed not to air out what transpired in the two-hour long meeting during which the Congress vice president took stock of political situation and status of organisational structure in states under their charge.

Gandhi also assured the secretaries that they would be given more responsibilities in the backdrop of their complaints earlier that they are not consulted on major issues.

No party general secretary or senior was present in the meeting, they added.
Earlier, Congress vice president had held one-on-one meeting with party general secretaries after Congress' debacle in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and had met party workers from grass root separately.

Asked about the meeting, AICC Communication Department in-charge Randeep Surjewala said Gandhi said that Congress vice president enquired about the status of membership drive, organisational structure and political developments in their states.

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