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Rahul Gandhi should have joined Manmohan cabinet: Prithviraj Chavan

There were few party leaders who wanted Rahul Gandhi to take on the responsibility of PM, he said.

Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that the presence of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the Union cabinet of previous Congress-led UPA government would have made positive impact in the Lok Sabha elections.

“I felt that he should have been in the Cabinet during the UPA rule but he stayed out of it. I thought it would have given him the experience and it would have definitely made positive impact in the Lok Sabha elections,” said Chavan.

There were few party leaders who wanted Rahul Gandhi to take on the responsibility of prime minister and few urged him to at least be part of the union cabinet, he said.

On right time for Rahul Gandhi to take on as the responsibility of president of the Congress, the former chief minister said that he would not comment on it.

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Chavan said the allegations of corruption against ministers in Congress-led UPA government and inflation had contributed in the defeat of the party in Lok Sabha elections but the prime minister Narendra Modi needs to be given credit for the strategy adopted in elections that caught the Congress unaware.

“The Congress was caught unaware with the election strategy adopted by Modi in Lok Sabha elections. It was on the lines of US presidential elections while the Congress relied on traditional style,” he said.

The use of technology in the elections by Modi along with the funding for the party was meticulously planned, Chavan said. “The credit for it should go to Modi as it was not due to BJP or RSS but his own efforts,” he added.


Modi had planned his entry into national politics well in advance and accordingly started taking steps from 2007, he said.

“The analysis of election is being done. It will take time to come to a conclusion as there are too many factors that are involved in it,” Chavan said adding the Congress will not make changes in its main ideology but would explore the possibility of tactical changes as per the changing political situation.

He said that their seems to be a hidden agenda of Modi-led government which will unfold slowly. “There is a fear on the direction in which the economics of the country might go as it seems the buisness houses would have a major say in deciding it. This means that the new government will have anti-poor policy,” Chavan said.


The former chief minister played down the CBI examining former prime minister Manmohan Singh in the Hindalco coal case. “He headed the coal ministry so the CBI might have sought information from him on the issue,” Chavan said.

First published on: 22-01-2015 at 07:46:04 pm
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