Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is an asset to the Congress, former union home minister Buta Singh said here on Thursday.
The Congress leader even went to the extent of calling Manmohan a 'heera' (diamond).
When asked about Rahul Gandhi being projected as next PM, Buta Singh told reporters, "Rahul will definitely step on to the top rung of the ladder, but when he will do so will be decided by the Congress high command and the nation."
Denying reports of any difference between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan, Buta Singh asserted that both were on the same page of policy matters.
About the BJP's remark that the UPA was "the hero of failures and zero in achievements", Buta Singh said the saffron party was confined to big cities, while the Congress was the only real national party with presence even in remote villages.