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Congress asserts 'only' Rahul will become PM

PTI  New Delhi, March 26, 2013
First Published: 22:32 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:06 IST(26/3/2013)

Amid a renewed debate over the Congress Prime Ministerial candidate, the party on Tuesday expressed confidence that "only" Rahul Gandhi will become the Prime Minister and take the country forward.

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"All the workers and leaders of Congress wish from the core of their heart that Rahul Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of the country. We are confident that only Rahul will become the Prime Minister of the country.

"He has, in him, all the qualities required to be the Prime Minister. Rahul Gandhi has in own way of thinking and is farsighted. We are confident that whenever he becomes the Prime Minister, Rahul will be a competent Prime Minister and will take the country forward," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.

The issue of Rahul's projection as the Prime Ministerial candidate seemed to take a different turn with the Congress leader himself, in a conversation with party MPs a few days back, telling them that his focus was to strengthen the party and it was wrong to ask him about Prime Ministership.

AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, however, on Tuesday told reporters that Rahul never refused it (Prime Ministership).

"He (Rahul) has never refused it...If the people of this country want it, then why won't he become (Prime Minister)," Singh said suggesting that his remarks were misinterpreted.

Singh had on Monday told a television channel that he strongly feels that when time comes and if the Congress gets majority or it is in a position to form government, "... Rahul Gandhi should take the call".


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