Within minutes of Rahul Gandhi’s strong statement charging some of the senior party leaders of colluding with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress on Monday hit the damage control button with party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeting to urge senior leader Kapil Sibal to not get ‘misled by false media discourse’.

“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. But yes, we all need to work together in fighting the draconian Modi rule rather then fighting & hurting each other & the Congress,” Surjewala said in his tweet.

Taking strong exception to Rahul Gandhi’s reported remarks during the CWC meeting that the senior leaders who sent a dissenting letter to interim party president Sonia Gandhi colluded with the BJP, Kapil Sibal had tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi says “we are colluding with BJP”. Succeeded in Rajasthan High Court defending the Congress Party. Defending party in Manipur to bring down BJP Govt.

Last 30 years have never made a statement in favour of BJP on any issue Yet “we are colluding with the BJP”!

However, Sibal deleted the tweet later, saying Rahul Gandhi has informed him that the purported statement was never made by him.

“Was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him. I therefore withdraw my tweet,” Sibal said in his updated tweet.

The crucial Congress Working Committee meeting, which is was held amid the controversy surrounding the party leadership, witnessed some intense fireworks with senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad even offering to resign, sources said.

Azad’s reported statement came after Rahul Gandhi slammed the dissent note writers and accused them of colluding with the BJP. “Why was the letter written when the president (Sonia Gandhi) was unwell and the party was fighting in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan,” Rahul reportedly said during the virtual meeting.