Congress spokesman Manish Tewari on Saturday asserted that the party's state unit was united and the rank and file was fully geared up to fight the forthcoming parliamentary elections to inflict a "crushing defeat" on the SAD BJP combine.
"We are fully prepared for the Lok Sabha polls. SAD BJP will face a total rout in the parliamentary polls," he told reporters in Ludhiana.
To a question, Tewari said he would love if Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal or his MP son Sukhbir Singh Badal contests against him.
"Would you not like the contest to be interesting and it can never be more interesting than Sardar Parkash Singh Badal or his son Sukhbir Badal contesting against me. It will add charm to the contest," he said in a lighter vein. When asked about whether Rahul Gandhi could be the next Prime Minister, Tiwari remarked that "he is perfectly suited for the job and if Omar Abdullah can become the Chief Minister of an all important state like Jammu and Kashmir at the age of 38, then Rahul Gandhi can surely become the Prime Minister at the same age".
He, however, said that Congress would fight the forthcoming elections under the leadership of the party president Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Tiwari also reiterated his desire to contest the next Lok Sabha polls from Ludhina, though said that it was the prerogative of Congress president to choose his seat.