Cong downplays Sonia's meeting with Press Club office bearers

New Delhi: Congress on Monday downplayed party President Sonia Gandhi's audience to a group of office-bearers of the Press Club of India (PCI) recently, saying it was a "non-issue" for the party.

"As far as Congress is concerned, it is a non-issue. It is their (club's) internal matter. It is not our concern if the club is managed by A, B or C..." party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

The office-bearers, who met Gandhi, were removed from their posts by the general body meeting of the Club. As elections are due in the PCI soon, rival factions are using the meeting with the Gandhi to score points against each other.

Singhvi said PCI was an institution and the party has no association with any faction. He said at the meeting with Gandhi, she was offered an honorary membership of the club which was accepted.

Bureau Report