Rahul visits DPCC, meets Cong lawmakers, workers

All the Block Congress presidents, District Committee presidents as well as DPCC office bearers were present at the gathering.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 22:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met senior
Delhi Congress leaders including Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit, DPCC president JP Agarwal, and MPs, MLAs and
councillors, infusing enthusiasm among the party workers ahead
of the municipal polls early next year.

The Congress General Secretary visited Delhi Pradesh
Congress Committee office here and spent around 45 minutes
during which chaos prevailed as members jostled to speak to
him.

All the Block Congress presidents, District Committee
presidents as well as DPCC office bearers were present at the
gathering.

"Rahul Gandhi wanted to visit DPCC office, so he came
today. Since he was coming here so I called our MPs, MLAs,
councillors, district and block presidents," J P Agarwal, DPCC
President, said adding that Gandhi`s visit has enthused the
party workers to a great extent.

"The visit has enthused all party workers. It will
inspire us in working hard for the upcoming municipal polls,"
he said.

Municipal polls are slated to be held in April next year.
As Gandhi was interacting with partymen, chaos prevailed
for a while, when some of the Congress workers tried to gift
shawl to Gandhi at the same time.

Agarwal, however, played down incident. "In their
eagerness to present gift to Rahul Gandhi, some of the workers
gathered around him as a result there was some chaotic
situation," he said.

Refuting speculation on rift in the party on the issue of
trifurctaion of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the DPCC
said there is no difference between the government and the
party on the matter.

"There are no differences between the government and the
party. Show me a house where there is no difference of opinion
among the family members, so is the case here. There is no
rift between the government and the party," Agarwal said.

Five MPs from Delhi were present. Chandni Chowk MP Kapil
Sibal and East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit were not present due
to prior engagements.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Health and
Family Welfare Minister Kiran Walia and Union Women and Child
Development Minister Krishna Tirath were among those present
at the DPCC office.

PTI