Sibal with­draws state­ment af­ter Rahul calls him

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - News - Saub­hadra Chat­terji and Au­rangzeb Naqsh­bandi

NEWDELHI: The in­tense drama in the vir­tual Congress Work­ing Com­mit­tee (CWC) meet­ing on Mon­day spilled over into the public do­main when, re­act­ing to a tweet by Congress vet­eran Kapil Sibal, for­mer party pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi called him per­son­ally to deny re­marks at­trib­uted to him.

It was pre­ceded by a bit of fric­tion be­tween Sibal and the Congress chief spokesper­son Randip Sur­je­w­ala, who re­jected al­le­ga­tions that Rahul Gandhi ac­cused some se­niors of “col­lud­ing” with the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dur­ing the high-volt­age CWC dis­cus­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to party func­tionar­ies, min­utes af­ter Sibal’s tweet, Rahul Gandhi came to know of it. And soon af­ter, Sibal re­ceived a call from Gandhi’s key aide, Kan­ishka Singh. Ac­cord­ing to peo­ple close to Sibal, he con­veyed his an­guish to Singh, and soon af­ter, Gandhi left the CWC meet­ing to call Sibal and cat­e­gor­i­cally told him that he made no such com­ments. “Sh. Rahul Gandhi hasn’t said a word of this na­ture nor al­luded to it. Pl. don’t be mis­lead by false me­dia dis­course or mis­in­for­ma­tion be­ing spread,” Sur­je­w­ala replied to Sibal on the mi­croblog­ging site.

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