PMship not on Rahul's mind, says Priyanka

Adds Manmohan Singh is an 'extremely good' PM and question of change of guard doesn't arise. Umesh Raghuvanshi reports. Constituency watch | Sound bytes
Hindustan Times | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Amethi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2012 01:24 AM IST

Becoming Prime Minister was not the “central focus” of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s politics, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Sunday, adding that PM Manmohan Singh was “extremely good” and the question of change of guard did not arise at the moment.

Priyanka also said she would be happier if Rahul Gandhi led a “normal life”.

“I am not interested in his becoming Prime Minister. I will be happy if he lives a normal life,” said Priyanka while replying to a question from Hindustan Times in Amethi.

“We also keep hearing he will take over as party president. He is bringing in democracy in the Congress youth organisation. This will have an impact on the politics of the nation. Rahul is just doing his work,” she said.

Senior ministers in UPA 1 and UPA 2 had expressed the view that Rahul Gandhi will make a good PM.

Asked whether she would join active politics, Priyanka said, “If I ever decide to join politics, you will know.”

Priyanka also praised Manmohan Singh. “We are fortunate to have an honest PM.”

Priyanka stopped for a while to speak to mediapersons before addressing a public rally at Simrauta in Amethi.

She addressed about 20 public meetings on the third day of her election campaign, covering nearly 150 km and making about 70 stops to reach the remote corners of the Tiloi assembly segment of Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi.

Priyanka also defended Union home minister P Chidambaram, saying, “He has an onerous responsibility towards the country. I feel sad that he had to waste time on such issues (2G).”

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