Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi by his side, on Monday held confabulations with senior party leaders at the AICC headquarters here in the backdrop of the political controversy surrounding developments over Anna Hazare’s proposed fast.
The Prime Minister and Mr Gandhi were huddled with senior party leaders including Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Ms Ambika Soni and Mr Janardan Dwivedi at the 24, Akbar Road office of Congress president Sonia Gandhi after hoisting the national flag there.
It was Mr Gandhi’s first public appearance since the Congress chief went abroad for surgery a fortnight back. Mr Gandhi and his sister Priyanka were accompanying the Congress president during her treatment in the US.
Mr Gandhi, who is in the four-member committee constituted by Mrs Sonia Gandhi to look after party affairs in her absence, also had talks with many senior leaders and Union ministers present there.
The party leaders, however, remained tight-lipped over the meeting or the talks.
“I have no knowledge,” Ms Soni said when asked whether senior leaders had any meeting with Mr Rahul Gandhi.
Mr Dwivedi also declined to answer queries as to why Mr Gandhi’s meeting with the Prime Minister went on for such a long time.
“When senior leaders sit, it gets longer some times,” was his refrain. After Mr Gandhi’s meeting with the PM, another meeting took place in Congress treasurer Motilal Vora’s office in which Ms Soni, Mr Dwivedi and the Congress president’s political secretary Ahmed Patel participated. Asian Age