Rahul indicates he’s ready for PM post

But Digvijaya not in favour of Cong naming candidate.

New Delhi | Published:January 15, 2014 1:14 am
While Rahul — in his interview to Dainik Bhaskar signaled willingness to take up the PM’s post — he did not indicate if he would be the PM candidate, saying his party has never been specific on this. IE While Rahul — in his interview to Dainik Bhaskar signaled willingness to take up the PM’s post — he did not indicate if he would be the PM candidate, saying his party has never been specific on this. IE

Three days ahead of the AICC session, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday expressed reservations about projection of Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate. He said the elected representatives should not be deprived of their right to elect their leader and it was not the practice of the Congress to declare its PM or CM candidate before elections. He said this was his personal opinion and the party would take a call.

“Personally, my view is that Rahul has the ability to lead the nation, and if the people of this country give a mandate to the Congress and the party decides, he has the courage of conviction and the capacity and ability to lead the nation. But my view has always been that in a parliamentary democracy we should not be declaring our PM or CM candidate and take away the right of the elected representatives to choose their own leader,” he told The Indian Express.

His remarks came on a day Rahul — in an interview published in a Hindi daily — indicated he is ready to be the PM if his party returns to power. Said to be hesitant to take up the responsibility even as the chorus to declare him the PM candidate grows in the party, Rahul said he has never been reluctant. He said he would take up whatever work his party gives him.

Singh said the Congress was not shy of projecting Rahul as the PM candidate. “Don’t see this as a sign of weakness. We have the courage to face any adversity. For whatever little I have known of Rahul Gandhi, he has the courage to face any adversity. Let us not also not forget the fact that Indira Gandhi fought aggressively against all odds even in the worst scenario. Sonia Gandhi too faced adversities and came out of it. What was the situation of the Congress when she took over. It was in dumps and we have recovered,” he said.

While Rahul — in his interview to Dainik Bhaskar signaled willingness to take up the PM’s post — he did not indicate if he would be the PM candidate, saying his party has never been specific on this.

He made it clear that his sister Priyanka Vadra would not take up any electoral role. “Priyanka is my sister and friend. Besides, she is an active member of the Congress, because of which she is helping to strengthen me and the organisation. I do not think she will have any electoral role,” he said.

On whether he would take up the PM’s post, he said, “We are a democratic organisation. We believe in democracy. The people of the country will decide through the elected representatives who will be the PM. It is imperative in the national interest that the Congress comes to power. And for that, whatever responsibility the organisation has given me and will give in the future, I will carry that out with full dedication.”

On his earlier remarks that “power is poison”, which were being interpreted as his reluctance on the PM post, he said, “Power is poison does not mean I am not keen to take up responsibility. There is no word called reluctance in my life. Power is poison is an observation about the dangers that come with power and how to deal with it.”

Asked why the party was not declared its PM candidate, he said, “The Congress has never been specific on this. Whatever work the Congress has given me, I have accomplished it, and whatever it will give I will complete it… I am a solider of the Congress. I will follow whatever order is given to me.”

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    arishsahani Arish
    Jan 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm
    A confused man ,with beard and some time no beard . No good resume .never debated never spoke a word which is not written by writer. Never been interviewed yet.
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    ciaociao
    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:30 am
    you don't declare youself whether you are ready for PM post or not...it's people and the party members decide whether you are ready or not...of course your party members are sycophants so the answer is obvious but ppl ...i don't think so...toh jaa bhache ghar jaake soja..."go home and sleep kiddo..."
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    Desi
    Jan 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm
    By definition the continuation of Dynasty negates India as ademocratic country period!!!Make an anti Dynastic rule for democracy and it should be part of Lokpal, and even his ancestor were alive especially Nehru he would turn in his grave if he saw how Dynasty has gripped India into a vicious cycle of substandard leadership, and whatever Diggy dude says is worth less than zero!!!!
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    hanif
    Jan 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    WHO GIVES ORDER IN CONGRESS? SONIA AND RAHUL. NO DOUBT ABOUT WHO NEXT IN DYNASTY. WILL BE RAHUL AND AFTER THAT HIS SON OR PRIYANKA OR PRIYANKAS SON/DAUGHTER. after nehru, who took over? indira. in kingdom, princess/princess comes to throne . afterall, this is nehru india pvt ltd.
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    Panditji
    Jan 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    'Shahzada' Raul Vince may think that he is ready to be our next PM, but we are not.What has this half wit midget got to offer ? What has he done in national politics ? Bugger all, I saypare Pappu to the incorruptible, dynamic ,patriotic Narendra Modi. Modi has turned Gujarat into the most developed state in India. A semi-desert state provides 24/7 water & electricity to it's cities & 18K villages.We want the rest of India to be like Gujarat.We must vote in Modi led BJP Govt. in 2014.
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    ishan arora
    Jan 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    But we are not ready to make you as PM
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    Buddhu
    Jan 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    This nation is not ready for accepting him as PM. Forget about PM no one will even recruit him as clerk.
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    Rahul
    Jan 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm
    And Robert Vadra is ready to become Home minister and Priyanka Vadra to become ...
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