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Congress defends Rahul for not taking up 'onerous' job of Opposition leader

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has the responsibility of reinventing and reviving the Congress, the party said today as it defended him for not taking up the “onerous task” of heading the party in the Lok
PTI June 04, 2014 19:34 IST
PTI
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi has the responsibility of reinventing and reviving the Congress, the party said today as it defended him for not taking up the “onerous task” of heading the party in the Lok Sabha for which he had come under attack.

“Congress party is not only limited to 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha. It is in the home, streets and villages of the country.  Wherever there is a need for political action, you will see us there,” party spokesperson Shashi Tharoor told reporters here.

“And if someone like Rahul Gandhi, who has not taken up the leadership in Lok Sabha, were to be asked where he would rather see his presence, I think his answer was apparent—in Badaun,” he said, adding Rahul will lead the party from the front across the country.

Noting that Congress will not be limited to Parliament but will ‘sangharsh' (agitate) in the entire country, Tharoor emphasised that it was places like Badaun where Rahul, “the young face of the future of Congress”, would be putting his feet down in the need of the nation.