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Congress must give Rahul a bigger role early: Akhilesh

lucknow Updated: Sep 10, 2012 12:37 IST

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has suggested that the Congress should not delay in giving a more prominent role to Rahul Gandhi in the party and the central government. "It’s good, but it should come early. The Congress shouldn’t keep it hanging,” Akhilesh said when asked for his views on whether Rahul should be given bigger responsibility in the party and the government. Congress leaders as well as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have said Rahul should assume a bigger role but it is up to him to take a call. Asked pointedly if Rahul, who led the Congress’ unsuccessful campaign in UP assembly polls early this year, will make a good prime minister, Akhilesh said, “The young should get larger role.” “He (Rahul) should get an opportunity. He should assume bigger responsibility as soon as possible. The whole country is waiting… But at the end, it’s a decision of the Congress,” he told a news channel. He also said all political parties should always be ready for the polls and keep the cadre ready. “A little time is left for the parliamentary polls,” he said. He maintained that the SP was supporting the UPA government on its secular plank. “But the party has to answer for the 2G, the Coalgate and the price rise,” he said.