Congress distances itself from views in mouthpiece
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Last Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011, 21:26
New Delhi: After tying itself in knots, Congress on Friday tried to wriggle out of the controversy over four union ministers going to the Delhi airport to meet Ramdev, stating that the editorial in the party mouthpiece disapproving the move was "personal views" of its editor.

Sensing that the editorial could trigger a fresh row amid Opposition's allegation that the party and the government were not on the same page in dealing with the Ramdev issue, Congress first tried to stop the circulation of the latest issue of 'Congress Sandesh' on Thursday.

After a meeting of senior party leaders, it was finally decided to release the journal with a rider that the contents did not reflect the views of the party.

Senior minister Pranab Mukherjee, Kapil Sibal, Pawan Kumar Bansal and Subodh Kant Sahay had met Ramdev on June 1 at Delhi airport to persuade him to drop plans to go ahead with his indefinite fast on June 4 but the Baba had not relented.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and also the journal's editor Anil Shastri had voiced reservations over the airport meeting, reflecting what was seen as a divide between Congress and the government on the issue.

"It is true that whatever is published in party mouthpiece is considered party's opinion. Hence the editor of the Congress Sandesh has been told not to put his personal views in its editorial", AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, who is also head of the AICC Media Department, told reporters here.


First Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, 21:26

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