Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has gone on leave for two weeks, a Congress spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after the party defended his sabbatical during the budget session.
Randeep Singh Surjewala, however, steered clear of questions whether Gandhi is in India or abroad.
On Monday, another Congress spokesperson, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, had said: “The Congress vice president requested the party he needs some time to reflect on recent events and future course for the party. This introspection is important for the party and in view of the forthcoming All India Congress Committee (AICC) session.”
“The AICC session is of crucial importance and Rahul Gandhi will give inputs for it. So he has been given leave of absence after which he will come back to active participation,” he had said.
Singhvi had, however, denied speculation of Rahul Gandhi being “angry with party leaders, getting married or quitting politics”.
“All attempts to create speculation are denied,” he had said.