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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Rahul most suitable PM candidate of Cong: Barnala

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Anandpur Sahib, November 07, 2013
First Published: 21:27 IST(7/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:34 IST(7/11/2013)

Former Punjab chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala said here on Thursday that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be the party's most suitable prime ministerial candidate.

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"Rahul will be most appropriate choice if the Congress decides to project him as the PM candidate," Barnala told mediapersons.

Barnala, a Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) leader and former Tamil Nadu governor, was here to pay obeisance at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib and visit Virasat-e-Khalsa.

He said the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was a threat to minorities of the country, adding that there was resentment among people against the Gujarat chief minister.

Barnala rubbished the opinion polls projecting a victory for the BJP in upcoming assembly elections in various states and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He demanded that the Election Commission should ban such pre-poll surveys so that people were not misled.

Barnala hoped that efforts to form the third front at the national level would yield positive results, adding that the SAD (Longowal) would also be part of such a front.

He said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar would be a good choice as the third front's prime ministerial candidate.

In reply to a question about the possibility of an alliance between the SAD (Longowal) and the Badals' Shiromani Akali Dal for the Lok Sabha elections, Barnala said no offer had been made in this regard so far.

Barnala's son, former MLA Gagandeep Singh Barnala, accompanied him during his visit to Anandpur Sahib.

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