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Inculcate habit of diplomacy, decorum: Cong tells partymen

Last Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 17:20

New Delhi: Don`t be Rita Bahuguna Joshi
when it comes to expressing anguish.

This appears to be the message of the Congress as seen
in the latest issue of its mouthpiece.

While the editorial piece in the `Congress Sandesh`
has not mentioned Joshi`s name, it has told partymen to
"inculcate the habit of diplomacy and decorum in expressing
our anguish whenever required."

"Lately it has been seen that political leaders have
become prone to using intemperate language while reacting to
political situations," it said, adding "mutual respect for
political leaders and ideologies must never be lost."

The editorial felt that one of the reasons for the
many "slippages" of late could be the fact that the polity of
the country has got fragmented and "everyone wants to occupy
political space at any cost."

"It is time politicians of all hues agree there is a
need to establish a decorum that needs to be followed by one
and all," the editorial said.

Congress was on backfoot over the controversial remark
made against UP Chief Minister Mayawati a few days back by
Joshi, which landed her in jail and her house was burnt.

As the remark was found to be "unnecessary", Congress
was quick to distance itself from her statement in an apparent
move to ward off any Dalit backlash which the party felt could
upset its applecart in the most populous state, where it is
currently on a revival path.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 17:20

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