Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday settled the debate on party’s prime ministerial candidate and declared Manmohan Singh as his choice for the top job.
“I have answered this question many times. My prime ministerial candidate for the coming Lok Sabha polls is Manmohan Singh,” he said in Surat. Rahul’s endorsement of Singh’s candidature came in response to reporters questions whether he would be the party’s candidate for prime ministership.
The categorical statement by the leader, seen as one of the most powerful in the party, is being viewed as a reply to BJP’s persistent attacks on the ruling party that it was a team which did not have a captain.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had last week in Nagpur attacked the Congress and had ridiculed its focus on the youth “as a ploy to project the next leader from the Gandhi family.”
In response to a question on Modi’s remark that the country needs to be freed from family rule, Rahul said, “Mr Modi has many views and he is entitled to have his views”.
Talking about his role, Rahul said he has taken up the role of reviving Youth Congress, attract large number of youths in politics and Congress and involve them in nation building exercise.