Rahul holds meet to devise a fresh media narrative

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday held a closed-door interaction with several senior leaders, who are regular columnists in various newspapers and digital platforms, on devising a new narrative against the Modi government.

Sources who attended the meeting said while the Congress party is looking for “new building blocks for a narrative against the Modi government”, the party also talked about the need to avoid “the minefield of polarising issues.”

Most of the around 30 participants, including senior leaders P. Chidambaram, Verrappa Moilly, Manish Tewari, S. Jaipal Reddy, Rajeev Shukla, Shashi Tharoor, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Surjewala, stressed on the need to talk about the Modi government’s track record on job creation, farmers’ distress, disenchantment among youth, and the worsening situation in Kashmir.

The closed-door interaction also focussed on controversial statements made by Congress leaders that had a polarising effect. Mr. Tharoor explained that his statement on “Hindu Pakistan”, made in a remote school, was taken out of context. Mr. Gandhi said these days “a comment made in any remote corner reverberates across the country.”

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