In an obvious sign of differences, at least five Congress MPs were conspicuously absent from Rahul Gandhi’s maiden visit to the holy city Amritsar on Thursday to launch the party’s poll campaign for the February 20 assembly elections.

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However, party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal dismissed the reports. Flanked by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party’s state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Rahul Gandhi kicked off the campaign after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki temple in Amritsar. The Members of Parliament-Manish Tewari, Jasbir Singh Gill, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Preneet Kaur and Mohammad Sadiq — who did not find Rahul Gandhi’s leadership “acceptable”, were not present at the day-long visit, party sources told IANS.

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