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ALL EYES, EARS AND FOLDED HANDS TOO!: AICC president Sonia Gandhi addressing the CWC meeting at Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on. - Photo: P.V. Sivakumar
ALL EYES, EARS AND FOLDED HANDS TOO!: AICC president Sonia Gandhi addressing the CWC meeting at Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh looks on. - Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

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AICC general secretary had only stock answers to queries on coalition politics and Rahul Gandhi

Hyderabad: The details of the debate inside the extended Congress Working Committee were not revealed but it led Congressmen and the media to speculate that it centred around coalition politics and Rahul Gandhi.

The more tight-lipped the AICC general secretary, Ambika Soni, remained when these issues were raised, the more permutations and combinations the media tried in phrasing questions.

Mum is the word

Whether it was about coalition 'dharma' or about Congress being well-tuned to the coalition era or still whether it was having a rethink on the coalition arrangements, the media drew stock answers from her.

Ms. Soni stuck to her stand that the party was following the 'dharma' and it was successful in Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Kerala.

Karnataka developments and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi's announcement that it was seeking ways to pull out of the UPA Government were the reasons behind the probing questions by the media, which left none the wiser.

Wait in vain

On the demand for paving way for Rahul Gandhi's entry into the CWC too there was not much information.

Young Congressmen were eagerly awaiting the news of a chorus being raised at the CWC in favour of the move. Guduru Narayana Reddy, protocol convenor and airport incharge for the plenary, said, "What is wrong in seeking his entry?

After all the party needs young leadership to infuse new blood into it. We want to see Rahul and Priyanka in key positions to change the profile of our party."

MLAs and even MPs were keen to know whether the debate centred around Rahul's entry into CWC and kept hammering the scribes with questions.


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