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New Delhi, February 17, 2020
Unhappy over the public spats between Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and party General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Congress' top leadership has asked the two leaders to meet this week to sort out their differences.
The task of mediation has been assigned to party state in-charge Deepak Babaria, said sources. The party high command is unhappy over the spat between the two top state leaders, which is creating a wrong perception of the party, said a leader.
Kamal Nath and Scindia have been at loggerheads on the issue of poll promises which have been not been fulfilled by the government. Scindia has maintained that he will take to the streets if the promises made in 'Vachan Patra' are not fulfilled, while Kamal Nath, who met interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday and attended the party coordination committee meet on Saturday where Scindia was also present, has dared him to do so.
The Congress has sought to play down the entire episode with party spokesman Randeep Surjewala terming both Kamal Nath and Scindia "amongst the most dedicated leaders of the party".
He said if there are any grievances, the party will hear them and devise a patch-up formula. "What you see as spat is a manufactured one and the equation and relation between the two are cordial and great... both are working for strengthening the party," he said.
The Congress also blamed the media for making it an issue without any reason. "I reject these stories," Surjewala said.
However, all is not well within the Congress unit in the state, where the Kamal Nath government is surviving on a razor-thin majority and the party cannot afford to antagonise anyone and is trying to evolve a formula to pacify both leaders.
Later, after two other Congress leaders -- Ajay Maken and Milind Deora -- engaged in a war of words on social media, the party cautioned all its leaders to refrain from such things in public, avoid commenting on the matters of other states and advised them to introspect about their role in the party.
The Congress also told Deora not to comment on the Delhi election results.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "People make such remark in the heat of the moment, but it should not be treated (as an) affront."
Party leaders need to look after their own performance, responsibilities and their commitment towards the party, Surjewala said.
A war of words erupted between Deora and ex-DPCC chief Ajay Maken on Twitter after the former Mumbai Congress president praised the Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi.
Deora in his tweet on Sunday said, "Sharing a lesser known & welcome fact - the @ArvindKejriwal-led Delhi Government doubled its revenues to Rs 60,000 crore & maintained a revenue surplus over the last 5 years. Food for thought: Delhi is now one of India's most fiscally prudent governments."
Maken was the first to react to Deora's tweet as he said, "Brother, you want to leave @INCIndia - Please do - Then propagate half baked facts!"
He even compared the revenue generation in Delhi from 1997-1998 onwards and claimed that it grew at 14.87 per cent CAGR during the Congress regime, while during the AAP's regime the growth has been only 9.90 per cent CAGR.
Deora hit back on Monday morning as he said, "Brother, I would never undermine Sheila Dikshit's stellar performance as Delhi CM. That's your specialty. But it's never too late to change! Instead of advocating an alliance with AAP, if only you had highlighted Sheila ji's achievements, @INCIndia would've been in power today."
Earlier, former AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk, Alka Lamba, who joined the Congress to unsuccessfully fight the 2020 Assembly elections, too had attacked Deora, considered close to Rahul Gandhi.