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Way back in 1998 my mother had decided not to be PM: Rahul

Rahul said that my mother's decision to refuse the prime ministership was taken up by my mother, sister and myself in 1998, when she joined politics.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Shillong
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2004 08:52 PM IST

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had decided not to become prime minister the very first day she joined politics in 1998 and not after getting elected leader of the parliamentary party following the Lok Sabha elections this year, her son Rahul Gandhi, MP, said.

"It is not a fact that my mother refused to become the prime minister at the last moment. The decision was taken on the very first day when she joined politics," Rahul Gandhi said.

"To become the prime minister was not her intention ever. The decision was taken by my mother, sister and myself on the very first day in 1998," the Congress MP from Amethi said.

Asked what would be his message to the youth of Northeast, Rahul said, "It would be very arrogant on my part to give some message to youths of Northeast who are intelligent and understanding."

He is in Shillong to understand and know the region by interacting with people and seeing the development projects, he said.

Asked to comment on the allegation that the region was not getting enough fund from the Centre, Rahul evaded a direct reply saying that was upto the policy makers to decide.

To a question about his role in the region, the Congress MP said there was no "formalised" one but he was here as a person and a politician "fond of the Northeast".

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