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'Make Rahul PM, let him show what mettle he has'

india Updated: Jan 30, 2012 00:24 IST

Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, BJP on Sunday said that the Congress general secretary should be made the prime minister for the remaining two years of the UPA rule so that people can judge his ability.

"Let Rahul Gandhi become the prime minister, two years term is still left, let people know how much ability he has to run the country," BJP national general secretary and chief spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Lucknow.

"More so, he does not need anything to become the PM, he only needs to ask Manmohan Singh to step down," he said.

"After all, the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) still has two years to go, so let him show what mettle he has," he added.

Prasad also accused Congress, SP and BSP of poralising Muslim votes.

"Population of UP is 20 crore. Whether the minorities alone are the voters... this is deeply unfortunate," the BJP leader said.

Meanwhile, reacting to BJP's attack Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Prasad's suggestion indicates the party's acceptance of Rahul's ability to serve as the prime minister of the country.

"Prasad has accepted the reality. BJP knows the leadership ability of Rahul Gandhi very well and it's defeat reflects from this statement," he said.

"The BJP leader's statement reflects how clearly his party has realised the ground reality that the Congress is all set to ride on to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2012 and will be back in power at the centre too in 2014," Singhvi said.

Confidant of Congress' victory in all the five poll bound states, Singhvi said that Rahul's leadership was like a storm of victory in the poll ground.

In a reply to a question the Congress leader said that a delegation led by him met officials of the Election Commission in which the issue of notice to Law Minister Salman Khurshid on his statement on Muslim reservation was also raised.

(With inputs from PTI, IANS)