Hitting back at BJP, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said that party was spreading 'petty canards' as it was foreseeing its imminent loss in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls.

"Rahul Gandhi is travelling to Aspen, US on a short visit to attend a conference. 'Weekend with Charlie Rose' is a conference where thought leaders from different walks of life like politics, finance, technology, media, medicine, sports etc gather to deliberate on multiple issues," Surjewala added.

His remarks came after BJP spokesman Sambit Patra took a dig at Rahul Gandhi over his visit to the US, saying it may be a 'forced vacation' as, according to him, allies JD(U) and RJD wanted him out of the Bihar poll campaign.

Surjewala cited BJP is seeing its imminent loss in Bihar elections and spreading of 'petty canards' is being resorted to like RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calling for review of reservation and BJP spokesperson "shooting themselves in the foot by spreading patent lies." The Congress had initially claimed that Rahul was on a personal visit but later said he had gone to attend a conference in the US. Patra took potshots at Congress, saying the party was now looking for a 'face-saver' which was reflected from the 'dichotomy' in its statements.

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