N D Tiwari's readiness to become Chief Minister in the event of Congress returning to power in Uttarakhand notwithstanding, the party today said it was an individual's statement and it has not decided on the issue.
Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said "Tiwari is a very respected leader. It is his own statement. Congress has not decided its candidate for chief minister in Uttarkhand. This is his statement. Congress has not projected any one for chief ministership".
He made the remarks while responding to a volley of questions on Tiwari's remarks.
Tewari had yesterday told reporters in Kumaon in the state "for nearly one-two years, I can hold the post (of chief minister)", while replying to questions from reporters whether he would like to become the chief minister in case Congress comes to power in the state.
After remaining in hibernation for a couple of years in the wake of the Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan sex scandal, Tiwari recently came out openly in support of a couple of Congress candidates in the state.
Tiwari is actively campaigning for his nephew Manish Tiwari from Gadarpur, his close associate Indira Hridayesh from Haldwani and others.
Tiwari was instrumental in getting ticket for Manish along with his OSD Aryendra Sharam despite opposition by a section of Congress leaders.
An AICC leader, speaking on condition of anonymity here, said "the question does not arise" when asked whether the octogenarian leader could be considered for the top job in the state if the party came to power there.