Congress rejects Swamy statement on Rahul

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) The Congress today rejected the statement of Janata Party Chief Subramanian Swamy, claiming that AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had sought relaxation in the condition that one should be a regular user of Khadi and avoid alcohol to become a member of the party.

''This is purely part of a slander campaign against Mr Gandhi...There is no substance...No such issue has come up before the CWC meeting on November 8,'' AICC Secretary-in-charge of Media Tom Vadakkan told UNI here today.

He said the CWC was the highest decision making body of the Congress with senior party leaders as its members.

''Such a slanderous campaign against our leader is only an indication that our detractors will stoop to unheard levels,'' he said.

''We don't want to dignify his remarks with a response. We treat it with the contempt it deserves,'' Mr Vadakkan said.

Earlier in the day, Dr Swamy claimed Mr Gandhi had suggested at the CWC meeting that there was no need to object to the party workers ''taking one or two pegs''.

One of the ten conditions in the Congress Constitution for one to become a member is that he would avoid liquor.


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