Rahul Gandhi has all the "attributes" of a genuine leader and there is no confusion in the party over his leadership qualities, Congress said on Monday, seeking to put an end to the controversy sparked by General Secretary Digvijay Singh`s comments that he lacked "ruling temperament".
BJP on Sunday welcomed the public admission by senior Congress leader AK Antony that his party`s secularism was slanted in favour of minorities and said that it now stands vindicated regarding its position on the issue.
With Congress veteran AK Antony`s comment that there had been a slight erosion in people`s confidence in the party`s secular commitment sparking a debate, his confidant and KPCC president VM Sudheeran on Sunday clarified his senior colleague`s remarks were "Kerala-centric and well-intentioned".
Prithviraj Chavan came under scathing attack at a meeting of the AICC Committee headed by senior leader AK Antony, with some state leaders telling the high command that the party`s fate would be no better in the Assembly polls.
Congress leader A K Antony`s remarks that some sections of society have an impression that the party is inclined to minority communities could start a debate in the party as a general secretary said the issue will be deliberated.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday tore into the Congress over former defence minister AK Antony`s recent statement that the Congress party`s apparent proximity with minority groups created doubts in the minds of the people about its secularism.
AICC set up is likely next month after an informal group led by A K Antony will submit its report to Congress President Sonia Gandhi after July 6, on the reasons for the party`s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls.
Defence Minister AK Antony has red-flagged a proposal of his own Ministry to continue doing business with the UK-based Rolls Royce, which is facing a CBI probe for allegedly paying bribes and engaging middlemen in contracts for supplying engines to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
CBI has recorded statements of Defence Minister A K Antony and Prime Minister`s Advisor T K A Nair in a case in which former Army chief Gen V K Singh alleged that a retired senior Army official had offered him a bribe to clear purchase of Tatra trucks from a PSU.
Defence Minister AK Antony claimed the RSS is working behind the election process for BJP and the saffron party has put up candidates as per the advice of the Sangh, even as the Congress leader said Narendra Modi becoming prime minister would be a "tragedy" for the country.