Ahead of the January 17 AICC session, divergent views within the Congress on announcement of its PM candidate is coming to the fore. While there is a growing clamour within the party to announce Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate at the session, senior Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday said there was no need to declare a PM pick before elections. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, however, said the party was of the view that Rahul was the natural choice for the post. “We have always been saying this that we need him and so does the country,” he said. Finance Minister P Chidambaram had days ago argued that the party should project a PM candidate. Digvijaya Singh said that “there is no need for a PM candidate to be declared” and added that India is a parliamentary democracy and the contest is not between key personalities but between policies, ideologies and programmes of parties.
New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2014 1:26 am