Needs more time to Introspect? Congress VP Rahul Gandhi extends his sabbatical

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New Delhi, March 12: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has extended his sabbatical once again. According to news reports, Rahul will now return only by March end.

Gandhi scion was to return Delhi by March 10. But, media reports say he had extended his leave till the end of this week.

Congress VP Rahul Gandhi

The Congress vice president left for sabbatical just ahead of Budget Session of Parliament.

Earlier, it is being said that Rahul was not happy with excessive interference and that is main reason for his sudden sabbatical.

Sources said that a number of measures like opening up Youth Congress to elections was not welcomed by sections of the party. Gandhi wanted to implement several new ideas in the party, which failed to see the light of the day.

The Congress vice president was keen that the practice of high command making key appointments in the party is done away with. He also favoured election to the top posts including in Congress Working Committee, where nomination has been the way so far. Gandhi's idea to hold primaries in election going seats was given a go-by after his experiment failed in Lok Sabha with none of the Congress candidates winning in 16 Parliamentary seats, where he had brought in US-style primary mode to elect candidates. Party sources close to Gandhi said there could be more clarity on issues, when he puts forth his "plan of action" at the AICC meet.

Gandhi has always given indications that he feels that Congress like other parties is not doing enough to empower the workers at the grass root. The Congress vice president vented his anguish on party forums as well as outside giving the impression of someone not satisfied with the system surrounding him.

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