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Digvijaya Singh's advice to Rahul Gandhi irks young Cong leaders

Amid controversy between young and old guards during a meet of Congress Rajya Sabha MPs and chorus of bringing Rahul Gandhi back to the post of party president, senior leader Digvijaya Singh advised that Rahul Gandhi should be more active in Parliament.

"I agree. He is different and wants to do politics differently. We should allow him to do so but then we also would like him to be more active in Parliament and more accessible to people. As advised by Sharad Pawar he should go around India. 'Yatras' are important to connect," Singh said.

Digvijaya Singh was commenting on a video tweet posted by a party worker which said, "As Rahul Gandhi reaches out, we must speak out!" Singh was underlining the former Congress president's inaccesibility which has been often talked by the party leaders and his absence in the Parliament on crucial issues.

But the advice of Singh has not gone down well as he got response from the youngsters in the party particularly MPs close to Rahul Gandhi. One of the MPs considered close to Rahul Gandhi said in anonymity that Rahul Gandhi has already taken yatras and has been often taking on the government on important issues.

The fresh controversy broke after the younger lot questioned the UPA-2 rule, however, the person concerned Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Satav came down heavily on the seniors for the malicious attempts. "The malicious attempt to draw Dr Manmohan Singh into this exchange is reprehensible. To say my observations cast a shadow over Dr Singh's leadership of UPA-2 is a lie, a total misrepresentation of facts. I hold Dr Singh in high esteem. He is above reproach," he said.

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