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Manmohan is Sonia's candidate for top job, not UPA’s: Modi

india Updated: Apr 20, 2009 23:32 IST
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Taking the ‘weak´ prime minister charge further, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Manmohan Singh was the prime ministerial candidate only of the Gandhis and not of the entire UPA.

“Only the mother (Sonia Gandhi), son (Rahul) and daughter (Priyanka) keep saying that Singh is PM candidate. He is the candidate of Sonia Gandhi’s family,” he said.

“Except for Sonia Gandhi’s family, nobody is rooting for Singh. Even senior Congress leaders like Arjun Singh and Kamal Nath are not acknowledging him for the top job,” he said addressing election rallies in Gujarat.

Modi appealed to the people to choose between ‘dynastic and opportunistic rule´ and a nationalist government.

Modi also said preferably the prime minister should be an elected one and not nominated.

“Elected PM reflects the strength of democracy while a nominated one depicts strength of dynastic rule. He should have the people’s support not just one family’s,” Modi added.

He said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar “wants to become a Prime Minister. On more than one occasion, his RJD counterpart and Railway Minister too has expressed a similar desire.”

“Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and BSP chief Mayawati too cannot be ruled out for the job,” Modi said.