The Congress on Saturday did not rule out the possibility of Rahul Gandhi becoming the next Prime Minister if it is voted back to power but said the party would fight the forthcoming elections under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“If Omar Abdullah can become the Chief Minister of an all important state like Jammu and Kashmir at the age of 38,if Rajiv Gandhi could become the Prime Minister at the age of 40,why can’t Rahul Gandhi (38) become the Prime Minister at this age,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
Asked whether Congress general secretary Rahul could be the next Prime Minister if Congress comes back to power,said,”he is perfectly suited for the job”.
He,however,added that the Congress would fight the forthcoming elections under the leadership of the party president,Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister,Dr Manmohan Singh.
The party had on Friday said that it was up to Rahul to decide the timing of assuming the leadership of the country but at the same time asserted that Manmohan Singh has done done well on every front.
Urging the media to desist from creating a conflict by harping on the issue of projecting anyone as PM in the next elections,Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed had on Friday recalled that Sonia had,at the last Independence Day function at the party headquarters,said Manmohan Singh will unfurl the national flag at the Red Fort if the party was voted back to power.
While visiting the city as part of preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,Tewari said the party’s state unit was united and geared-up to fight elections and claimed the SAD-BJP combine will be routed in the parliamentary poll.
To a question,Tewari said he would love to contest against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal or his son Sukhbir Singh Badal.
“It can never be more interesting than Sardar Parkash Singh Badal or his son Sukhbir Badal contesting against me. It will add charm to the contest,” he said.
Dismissing speculation that he would contest from Karnal in Haryanal,Tewari said “it is the prerogative of the Congress president,but I would always like to contest from Ludhiana where I have been working hard for so many years”.