May 16, 2009 4:08:19 pm
Congress on Saturday made it clear that Manmohan Singh will lead a government led by the party as promised during the campaign,scotching speculation on its prime ministerial candidate.
“Manmohan Singh is our PM candidate and he will become Prime Minister,” AICC media department in-charge Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters here when asked who will lead a Congress-led government at the Centre.
On projection of Rahul Gandhi as a candidate for the prime minister’s post,Dwivedi said. “the PM’s chair is Rahul’s future and he is the future leader of the party.
“It depends on Rahul when he will desire and when such a situation will arise. But as of now,Rahul has other priorities,” he said.
He also gave full credit to the 39-year-old scion of Nehru-Gandhi family for the party’s unexpectedly good performance in Uttar Pradesh.
“It is just the beginning”,he said and predicted the end of communal and castist parties in the future.
With the Left parties suffering a setback in their bastion West Bengal,the Congress hoped that they “will introspect whom they will remain with” and play a “different” role.
“Had Left not created problems,we (UPA) would have performed better,” Dwivedi said. He,however,quickly added that “though they created some problems we would hope that they play a somewhat different role now”.
The Congress leader also said,”We had not broken the relationship,they had withdrawn the support,they will now have to introspect whom they will remain with. They have very less options”.
Attacking the BJP which had targeting Singh during the campaign terming him as a “weak” prime minister,he said “nobody is weaker than the one who repeatedly requires to explain itself as strong and he who is strong need not say it”.
“BJP will now give it a serious thought to what they have been doing and saying.”
The Congress leader also indicated that the party,which till a few days back was attempting to move new allies,has now chosen to stick to its old partners.
Asked about the poor performance of RJD and LJP,the Congress leader said “I don’t want to comment on their performance. It’s enough that they will support UPA.”
Reacting to the war of words between his party and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav during the campaign,Dwivedi said,”What is spoken during elections should not necessarily be remembered after elections.”
Replying to questions on the possibility of taking the support of Left and other parties as JD(U),AIADMK and BJD,the leader said,”We will prepare the next roadmap only after discussion with our allies”.
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