The Congress will fight the 2014 general elections under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said on Saturday and questioned the projection of Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate by the NDA.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi join Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as she waves towards supporters during a party rally at Ram Lila grounds in New Delhi. AFP/Sajjad Hussain
"We will go to the elections (2014) under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. We are not projecting any candidate as Prime Minister," Singh told reporters at the APCC headquarters in Guwahati.
"There has been a lot of hype in the media about Modi being NDA's prime ministerial candidate. Modi is the chief minister of Gujarat but at the same time he has not performed outside the state of Gujarat," he said.
"If comparison has to be made then it should be with Congress chief ministers. In no sector is Gujarat number one. In human development index Assam is better then Gujarat with Kerala being number one," Singh claimed.
"There seems to be more interest in finding out who will be the Prime Minister then what is the agenda of political parties," the AICC leader said.
"We have a parliamentary democracy and fight elections on the manifesto of the party, its ideology and programmes.
Our's is not a presidential form of government that we put up a candidate in advance," the former chief minister added.
"If we get a majority and form the government, it will be decided then who will be the Prime Minister. We are not projecting any candidate now," he said.
"As Rahul Gandhi rightly said the issue is not who becomes the Prime Minister but which government comes to power, what it can do for the people and fulfil the aspirations of the people," the Congress leader said quoting the party vice-president.
"Investments in the manufacturing sector and also FDI in Maharashtra are better than in Gujarat. Delhi and Haryana are ahead of Gujarat in per capita income," Singh said.
"In what way do you see Modi as an outstanding politician compared to Congress chief ministers? The hype created is unnecessary," he said.
"All programmes of UPA-I and II have been for empowering common man. Compare the UPA with the NDA. During the NDA no action was taken to empower the people," the Congress leader said.