Go by the rulebook, Rahul tells partymen

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Monday stressed on going by the rulebook and the need for "emotional unity" among Congressmen as he wrapped up his first formal interaction with office bearers which saw the leaders slamming ticket distribution system and work allocation pattern.

The Congress Vice President also expressed his keenness to have such discussions from block to state level. He dubbed the Congress Constitution a "radical document" but stressed that "the need is that we implement the provisions properly", sources said.

At the party's two-day Chintan Shivir also, Gandhi had slammed the absence of any rules in Congress working, wondering how does the party function.

During the discussion at AICC also, Gandhi's repeated refrain was to ensure that the party should function as per a certain system and rules.

"Rahul Gandhi said he desires to hold such meetings even at state level and if possible even with party workers at district and block level. As and when a programme is finalised, you will be informed," party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters as Rahul three-day interaction with AICC leaders, the first after he was elevated as Congress Vice President, came to a close.

Gandhi's focus on implementing the rules came amid complaints galore that performance was being ignored in the party and that the organisation was not given importance by those in the government.

As a number of AICC secretaries complained of lack of work allocation and being ignored in the party, Gandhi also chose the occasion to stress on developing an emotional chord among party men and treating the party as a family.

On Friday, Gandhi had said that there should be a feeling camaraderie among all leaders as complaints poured in.

As last two days' deliberations of the party's closed door meeting were reported openly in the media, a senior party functionary is understood have issued a gag order today warning the participants against leaking any information to press.