New Delhi: Sending out a strong message to Congress workers and office bearers that indiscipline and factionalism will not be tolerated, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday underlined the need for better coordination between the party and the government.   

Rahul conveyed this to the partymen while interacting with separate groups of Congress workers at DPCC (Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee) office in Central Delhi. He asked MLAs, MPs and senior leaders to start preparations for the polls slated for November.

"The Congress President is soft. But I am not soft. I will not tolerate indiscipline. We must work unitedly," Gandhi was quoted as saying by two MLAs.

The Congress Vice President held separate meetings of MPs, MLAs, district and block presidents of each of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi. He held a separate meeting with party councillors from all three municipal corporations besides having another meeting with MLAs, MPs and Pradesh Congress Committee delegates.

"Rahul Gandhi told us to work unitedly and prepare for the assembly polls," said Ajay Maken, MP from New Delhi and Union Minister for Housing and Poverty Alleviation.     

MP from Chandni Chowk Constituency Kapil Sibal said, “Gandhi asked party workers to further strengthen the party at the grassroot level. Rahul Gandhi aims to strengthen the party.”

Another MP said Gandhi instructed the party leaders to take the achievements of Sheila Dikshit government as well as UPA government to the people. A majority of party leaders, who attended the meeting, described their interactions with Gandhi as a ‘morale booster’.

"He (Rahul) said power should be decentralized and party should not be run by a few people. He also underlined the need for even taking views of block level party workers while recommending names for ticket aspirants in the assembly polls," said an MLA.

"Gandhi said the government may have shortcomings. But that does not mean that you will not take its achievements to the people," the MLA quoted Gandhi as saying.

DPCC chief JP Aggarwal is not known to have a cordial relationship with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. "We had differences. It is a family and there was nothing unusual to have differences. But today, the differences were resolved. We will work together," Aggarwal told reporters.

"I am very happy about Rahul Gandhi's visit to DPCC. It has enthused the party workers to work hard for the upcoming assembly polls," said Aggarwal.

Sources said the DPCC chief and Dikshit are likely to address a press conference soon to send a message of unity.


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