Congress restricts public places for party chiefs

Written by: Nitsi
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New Delhi, Jul 21: The ruling party has come up with a new order for the party chiefs requesting them to take on their responsibility and stay aloof from interacting with the media or speaking publicly.

“Restrict yourself to your area of responsibility and do not speak out of turn," says the directive issued by party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi, who is also chairman of the party"s media department.

Mr Dwivedi"s written directive have connected to a close link of Mr Singh"s interviews to the media, that his controversial article which criticized P Chidambaram"s issues on the Maoist problem has reflected the party"s policy.

The verbal directive has now been registered on the paper and informed to partymen at various levels including AICC office bearers, CWC members, heads of AICC departments and officials of the frontal organisations.

On his led down of the Union Home Minister"s approach on the Maoist issue, Mr Singh had claimed two days back, “I feel I did the right thing. What I have written, I stand by that and this is as per Congress" policies“. He also made a comment dubbing Mr Chidambaram as “intellectually arrogant".

“I don"t regret it. It is more of a comment on a friend. Don"t you make a comment on your own friend?",said Mr Singh. And this statement led proper order to the party leaders.

The statements of Mr Singh, who is party general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and a former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, on the Batla House encounter as also the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had led to controversies and were seen as divergent from the stand taken by the Union Home Ministry.

The role of the police in the Batla House encounter in Delhi had claimed speedy trial of the accused and Mr  Singh has assured of the case.

Now Mr Dwivedi"s order has come ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament.

During the budget session of Parliament, the opposition criticised the ruling alliance for having differences on the issue of tackling Maoists, by raising to Singh"s article of the Union Home Minister"s approach. Whereas the congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi has ignored the order.

“This is simply a reiteration of the old established principle that everyone cannot speak and should not speak about everything.

“Different persons and different designations have been allocated different responsibilities and naturally they need to address to issues concerning their responsibility only," he said, claiming that the circular is “not person specific or issue specific, but general".

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